Florida forward Erik Murphy did not play in the Gators’ victory over Yale on Sunday and the news of his return isn’t getting any better.
It now appears that Murphy will likely miss Florida’s SEC opener on Wednesday when Georgia comes to town. According to reports, Murphy is officially listed as “doubtful” and the injury could potentially have even longer effects.
Nursing a bruised rib, Murphy faces the potential of missing up to two weeks for recovery, a time frame that is never a good thing, especially considering the start of the conference schedule.
The 6-foot-10 senior forward has been up and down throughout the season, showcasing a scoring prowess at certain times. In fact, prior to missing Sunday’s game, Murphy scored 21 points in a victory over Air Force.
Murphy’s height and ability to step out and hit the three-ball makes him a match-up nightmare for opposing teams when he is shooting the ball well. A key component to the team’s success, head coach Billy Donovan must be focused on simply getting him healthy for the second half of the season.
On the year, Murphy is averaging 12.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He is second on the team in scoring behind only Kenny Boynton.
The Gators have put together a decent stretch to begin the season, collecting ten wins in their first 12 games of the season, while the SEC appears to be wide open with league play kicking in.
Murphy’s health and ability to produce however, will be key for Florida as the season rolls along.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS