Injuries and Suspensions Hinder Florida Gators Against Wisconsin Badgers

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The Florida Gators disappointingly lost to the Wisconsin Badgers 59-53 in a game that clearly showed that the Gators are not where we expected them to be after the preseason hype surrounding the team.

Patric Young, who is one of the best players in the SEC and essential to the success of the Gators, had only six rebounds and eight points. This is unacceptable from a player of his talent. Young had a tendency last season to not show up in big games, but play from his teammates like Erik Murphy and Kenny Boynton covered up his inconsistency.

If he can’t get it together soon, Florida is going to have a rough season. However, he did come through late in the game and make a few crucial free throws to make it close.

Not only did Young not play very well until late in the game, but injured guard Will Yeguete wasn’t able to play. Without Yeguete handling the ball, Florida looked lost. Another missing link for the Gators is suspended guard Scottie Wilbekin. He has been allowed to practice with the team, but has yet to play in a game. Once they return, Florida should improve.

Billy Donovan’s team shouldn’t panic. One loss is no big deal. However, Donovan was quoted as saying that this Florida team was “light years” away from being ready to compete in the SEC and didn’t deserve to be ranked. The Gators showed us their flaws against the Badgers and will need to improve soon, or this could become an extremely disappointing season extremely fast.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google.

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