Prather expected back, Rosario still out

Florida guard Casey Prather (24) is pushed in celebration by center Patric Young after he blocked the shot of Florida State forward Xavier Gibson (not pictured) during the first half at the O'Connell Center on Dec. 22. Florida defeated Florida State, 82-64.

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Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 3:56 p.m.

Florida coach Billy Donovan expects forward Casey Prather back for Saturday's Southeastern Conference opener at Tennessee.

But reserve guard Mike Rosario remains questionable with an ankle sprain.

Prather, who has sat out UF's last three games with the flu, practiced with the Gators on Thursday. Rosario sat out practice with an ankle he first injured late in UF's 90-70 win over Yale.

“Not sure when we will get him back, what kind of availability we will have for him in practice (Friday),” Donovan said. If he doesn't practice (Friday) he's not going to play. We're going to try to get him looked at by a doctor, or take an X-ray or an MRI and see if there is anything more to it than what we think it is.”

Rosario, UF's leading bench scorer at 9.0 points per game, missed two games earlier in December with a back injury.

Also, forward Erik Murphy took an elbow in Thursday's practice from teammate Patric Young that required three to four stitches over his eye. But Donovan said he expects Murphy back at practice on Friday and to play Saturday at the Vols.

No. 13 Florida (12-3) is seeking its first road win of the season. The Gators have lost their previous three road games at Ohio State, Syracuse and Rutgers.

“I think throughout the season, we're gonna get better on the road, have a good road record,” Florida junior guard Kenny Boynton said. “We've played good teams on the road and let Rutgers slip (away). We've seen the mistakes we did in those three games and I think we're gonna do a great job at Tennessee.”

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