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Wilbekin likely to play vs. KU, Finney-Smith seeks consistency

GAINESVILLE -- Senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin (high ankle sprain) is expected to play against No. 6 Kansas on Tuesday (7 p.m. ESPN), according to sources with knowledge of Wilbekin’s injury situation.

Wilbekin rolled his right ankle late in Florida’s buzzer-beating loss at No. 12 Connecticut on Monday, and the school later announced X-rays were negative but that they showed a high-ankle sprain. 

If Wilbekin -- who is averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 assists and 3.3 steals in three games this year -- is unable to suit up against the athletic Jayhawks (6-1), the shorthanded Gators (6-2) face the prospect of playing a second game this season without a traditional point guard.

With positional uncertainty, the Gators desperately need versatile forward Dorian Finney-Smith to step up.

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Although the redshirt sophomore has rebounded (both offensively and defensively) at a ridiculous rate this year, the former Virginia Tech transfer has been inefficient in nearly every other facet of his game.

Teased as a playmaking point-forward, Finney-Smith has struggled as facilitator, finisher and shooter for Florida.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound sophomore poses matchup problems for opposing defenses, but early in the season he’s caused more troubles for UF’s otherwise efficient offense (48 percent field goal shooting ranks No. 8 nationally).

After tallying 17 points and nine rebounds in his Gators debut, Finney-Smith has produced wildly inconsistent results since.

In Florida’s last four games, Finney-Smith has 12 turnovers to five assists and is an abysmal 1-of-10 from 3-point range. His 36 percent field goal shooting is the lowest of any UF rotational regular averaging at least 20 minutes per game.

Finney-Smith is immensely talented, and during the summer he was rumored to be the best player on the team, but the Gators need his versatile skill-set and athleticism to translate into consistent production. 

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Hey JLO and Gator BUM...we are getting Dalvin Cook AND Ermon Lane

Gator bum, thats funny! What about the one arm basketball player? Maybe he can lend a hand.

You may get Cook, but you certainly won't get Lane. If anyone steals him away, it'll be the noles. He's got a lot more common sense than Cook. Not sure why anyone would want to go to a team that's in the midst of a 10 year cellar dwelling drought with no end in sight. I mean lets be honest here. If you guys played a schedule worth a damn, you'd potentially be watching everyone else play in a bowl game too. I mean I guess when you've been a perennial 6 and 7 win team, a 9 win season is something to be proud of!

Wrong again gatoralum....a potential 10 win season is awesome for anyone, but historically low for the U. We have lost more titles than the Gators and FSU have competed for.

10 wins is wishful thinking! We've all seen what happens when you play someone other than a high school team. Lost more titles then we have competed for? Again the delusions are alive and well. But then again you my be right, everyone is competing for a title when the season starts. Newsflash, anything less than a BCS bowl appearance is an average season, but then again when you're a perennial 6 and 7 win team, an average season is something to be proud of! Do you even have a clue how ridiculous it is that you continue talking trash as if you're on your way to the title game? You're a delusional idiot!

Lil gatordumb, your projecting again much like jlo. The fact is uf's recruits are jumping ship faster than Ga. Southern scored at will on your defense. Cook and many other top recruits know that Miami has no sanctions looming and will see the field quickly to show their skills. Also why not go to the conference that will win the National Championship game this year, sec not so much.

we suck....

Good point, why not go to a conference that will win the National Championship game for the 8th year in a row?

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