Florida’s men’s basketball team struggled Monday night as soon as freshman point guard Kasey Hill went out of the game with a high ankle sprain. Luckily, the Gators were playing the Southern Jaguars and not a BCS conference foe. Florida outlasted Southern 67-53. Florida used a big lead in the first half to keep the game out of reach, but as soon as hill was out with 18 minutes left in the game, the Gators struggled on offense. Hill was starting to make a name for himself in a Florida uniform, playing very well and averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.3 assists per game. and 1.5 rebounds per game.
Hill will be out for at least one month, according to Head Coach Billy Donovan. Hill was starting in place of the suspended Scottie Wilbekin, who’s been out all season for a violation of team rules. Hill’s injury now leaves Florida without a true point guard for Thursday’s game against Middle Tennessee State. In the mean time, shooting guard Michael Frazier II, Devon Walker, and small forward Dorian Finney-Smith will take-over as ball handlers. Rutgers transfer guard Eli Carter will most likely also get some looks at point guard, although he’s been slowed by a broken leg. Frazier II, who was getting some playing time at point guard, is most likely the best option, although he has a shoot-first mentality.
The Gators will need to figure out who can handle the PG duties until they can get Wilbekin and Hill back. After Middle Tennessee State, Florida plays Florida State, at Connecticut, hosts Kansas, and plays Memphis at Madison Square Garden. That could be the toughest four game stretch out of anybody in Division I basketball. We will definitely learn a lot about these Gators in the next month.
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