Notebook: UF's Murphy is hurting


Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.

Another week, another potential change in the starting lineup for the Florida men's basketball team.

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Florida center Erik Murphy walks off the court holding his hip against the Marquette Golden Eagles on Thursday during the second half at the O'Connell Center. Florida defeated Marquette 82-49.

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Florida coach Billy Donovan said senior forward Erik Murphy has not practiced since the Marquette game due to a hip pointer. The 6-foot-10 Murphy suffered the injury during the second half against the Golden Eagles and is questionable for UF's first road game Wednesday at Florida State.

“He's not practicing (Monday),” Donovan said. “I don't know what is going to happen with the starting lineup. I would say how much Erik can do on Tuesday will dictate that.”

Donovan benched Florida starting center Patric Young against Marquette due to attitude issues in practice. Young responded with a strong game off the bench, finishing with 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in 22 minutes.

“Patric has responded really, really well,” Donovan said. “Not only in the game, he's responded well in practice. We practiced on Friday and we practiced again on Sunday and he's responded well. That's what he needs to do.”

If Murphy can't go, Donovan could turn to a starting lineup of Young at center, Will Yeguete at power forward and three guards (Kenny Boynton, Scottie Wilbekin and Mike Rosario).

Yeguete said Murphy is “still a little sore.”

“He doesn't know what to do about it because he's just going to let his body heal, keep stretching and doing some treatments,” Yeguete said. “So that's the only thing he can do.”

Frazier SEC freshman of week

Florida freshman guard Michael Frazier II earned SEC freshman of the week honors for his performance against Marquette.

The 6-foot-4 Frazier scored 17 points off the bench, going 5 for 8 from 3-point range in UF's 82-49 win over Marquette in the SEC-Big East Challenge.

“I'm happy for Michael, that's great, but he needs to get better defensively right now,” Donovan said. “Some of the (defensive breakdowns) in the Marquette game, he was a part of that.”

Moving up in polls

Florida moved up one spot to No. 6 in the AP poll and two spots to No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

It's the highest ranking for UF since finishing No. 3 in both polls to end the 2006-07 regular season.

“We've been ranked pretty high,” Yeguete said. “I learn not to worry about it, come prepared and just work hard every single day.”

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