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Florida Likely to Start SEC Play Without Erik Murphy

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators have gotten off to a good start in the 2012-13 college basketball season, despite dropping two games in their last five games. Whether the case, the Gators are still 10-2 on the season and ranked as high as No. 9 in the polls. However, Florida’s Erik Murphy is listed doubtful in multiple reports for its SEC opener against the Georgia Bulldogs. What does this mean for the Gators?

Murphy is a special kind of player, who is second on the team in scoring, with 12.1 points per game. Kenny Boynton may be the best player on the team, and that is because of pure talent alone. Boynton plays the shooting guard position exactly how it is supposed to be played. He shoots the ball and then he shoots the ball some more. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a bad thing, but players like Murphy don’t come around every day.

Murphy stands at 6’10”, so you would think that he would spend most of his time in the post. Well, think again because Murphy is one heck of a shooter with deep range, he can pass the ball and he can, of course, post up opposing defenders. These attributes make Murphy a nightmare to guard. Not to mention, he is a great defender.

If you try and put a larger defender on Murphy, he is likely to head out to the three-point line and drain threes. Then if you try to guard him on the wing with a faster and shorter defender, Murphy will drive to the hoop or shoot right over him.

In college basketball, there are not many players like Murphy. He is a mismatch waiting to happen, for the other team that is.

Florida is easily capable of beating Georgia at home, but they will not look the same without Murphy. So, hopefully Murphy heals up quick because the Gators will need him if they plan on winning an SEC title this year.


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