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What's wrong with Nick Calathes?

Florida guard Nick Calathes scored five points on Saturday, the second lowest scoring total of his career.

GAINESVILLE -- Conjecture, anyone? Oh, I thought so...

So, you were watching CBS today and wondering, Just what the heck is wrong with Florida guard Nick Calathes these days? Don't worry, you weren't alone. There I was on press row -- seated between Adam Gorney of Rivals.com and Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post -- and wondering the same exact thing.

We all remember what happened against Mississippi State on Wednesday, right? Well, Calathes didn't Calatheskentucky play much better on Saturday. He scored five points (2 of 9 from the field) and had seven turnovers to go along with seven assists. Calathes scored a career-high 33 points against Kentucky earlier this season.

[PICTURED, Calathes is showing signs of fatigue.]

Calathes' five points on Saturday was not only a season low, it was the sophomore guard's lowest scoring total since a four-point effort against Ohio State last season. So, what gives?

Calathes wasn't available for post-game interviews on Saturday because he went directly from the court to the training room to receive treatment, according to Florida's sports information director. My guess, Calathes' body probably hasn't recovered from his illness two weeks ago. According to UF coach Billy Donovan, Calathes had the flu. Translation: Calathes is running on empty. He's got no legs.

Saturday's game was especially taxing. It was a physical game that Donovan said had the feel of a football game.

"For both teams it was a physical grind and a battle," Donovan said. "I made the comment to the official that we're in the wrong stadium. We need to move across the street."

Florida freshman point guard Erving Walker defended his teammate on Saturday when asked, "What's wrong with Calathes?"

"Nothing is wrong with Nick," Walker said. "Nick has been playing at an unrelenting pace. We're not worried about Nick. He'll be ready for the SEC Tournament."

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