UF's Wilbekin good to go
Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:49 p.m.
Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin said his right knee is fine and doesn't anticipate any problems to flare up for Thursday's Sweet 16 matchup with UCLA (9:45 p.m., CBS).
“It's just a bruise,” said Wilbekin, who led the Gators with 21 points in UF's 61-45 Round of 32 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Wilbekin knocked knees with a Pittsburgh player after scoring eight straight points in the closing minutes and was forced to sit the final 1:19 of the game.
“He's had some cramping issues during the course of the year, but there's no issues right now, at least that I've been aware of or made aware of as it relates to him practicing and going forward,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said.
The South Region top-seeded Gators (34-2) take a 28-game winning streak into their matchup with the fourth-seeded Bruins. Florida is 3-0 against UCLA, with all three wins coming in the NCAA tournament (2006, 2007 and 2011). But Donovan is wary of the problems that UCLA can present. The Bruins average 81.5 points per game and are led by the dynamic sophomore backcourt duo of Kyle Anderson (14.7 ppg, 6.6 apg) and Jordan Adams (17.4 ppg).
“They may be the most explosive offensive team and the most unique offensive team we've faced this year,” Donovan said.
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