After providing another finish to remember in Florida’s 77-75 win over Missouri on Saturday, senior point guard Chris Chiozza is now sidelined with an illness.
Chiozza tested positive for strep throat Monday. The 6-footer from Memphis will sit out UF’s next two practices and is questionable for UF’s next game Wednesday at home against Mississippi State (7 p.m. SEC Network).
Chiozza has scored in double figures in seven straight games and is averaging 13.1 points and 5.8 assists per game. Against Missouri, Chiozza scored all 13 of his points in the second half, including a dramatic steal and layup in the closing seconds to lift UF to another big conference road win.
“He’s drawn more fouls, he’s finishing a little better in the paint,” Florida coach Mike White said. “He’s shooting the ball with more confidence. He’s been in the gym more this year. He’s made a concerted effort to stay after most practices and get shots up. He’s just playing with more confidence. He’s always had the ability to hit a really big one. I like to continue to see him be aggressive.”
If Chiozza can’t play Wednesday, freshman guard Mike Okauru and junior guard KeVaughn Allen would split time at point guard against Mississippi State. Okauru had five points and two assists off the bench Saturday against Missouri, while Allen has posted an assist-to-turnover ratio of 35 to 11 on the season.
In an interview with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz later Monday afternoon, Chiozza said he expected to play against Mississippi State.
‘I’m alright, I could be better, but I could be worse, too. I feel a lot better than I did (Sunday) night, so I’m happy to be feeling better and excited for Wednesday,” Chiozza said. “I’m not missing no games.”