UF roundup: Blackshear sprains wrist, could miss SEC tourney

Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr. drives at the basket against Kentucky forward Nick Richards during the first half Saturday in Gainesville. (AP Photo/Alan Youngblood)
Florida forward Kerry Blackshear Jr., the team’s second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, is questionable for the SEC Tournament because of a sprained left wrist.
Blackshear injured his wrist during the season finale against Kentucky on Saturday. X-rays were negative, and an MRI showed a sprained ligament.
The Gators (19-12, 11-7 SEC) are the tournament’s No. 5 seed and will play either Georgia or Ole Miss on Thursday. Blackshear is not expected to practice all week.
Blackshear, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, is averaging 12.8 points and 7.5 rebounds in his final season.
Softball: No. 7 Florida continues its homestand with a pair of midweek contests against Penn, Tuesday at 2 p.m., and for the first installment of the Sunshine Showdown against Florida State, Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Tuesday’s game against the Quakers (7-5) is the first meeting between the programs, while Wednesday’s game against Florida State (17-6) is 44th all-time meeting.
UF (21-4) enters this week after it picked up a series sweep Southeastern Conference Opening Weekend against Auburn.
Sophomore Cheyenne Lindsey leads the conference with eight hits and ranks third in batting average .727 (8-for-11) after three games against Auburn. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is also tied for the most runs scored (5) and is tied for second in the conference standings in RBI (5) and total bases (12).
Lacrosse: No. 8 Florida (5-2) welcomes No. 19 Navy (2-3) for a 12 p.m. match Tuesday at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.
This is the third meeting between Florida and Navy, with the series tied 1-1. The Midshipmen won the last meeting between the two teams on March 2, 2019 – defeating Florida 14-13 in Annapolis, Md. The Gators won the first matchup back in 2018 – overcoming a nine-goal deficit, the largest comeback in program history.
Three Gators picked up American Athletic Conference weekly awards for their performances this past week.
Shannon Kavanagh was named Midfielder of the Week for the fourth time this season, while Brianna Harris earned her second spot on the Honor Roll in 2020. Kaitlyn Dabkowski picked up the first weekly accolade of her career on Monday, also earning a spot on the AAC Honor Roll.
Diving: Ashley McCool punched her ticket to the Women’s Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships on the 1-meter springboard after the first day of the NCAA Diving Zones in Athens, Ga.
With only seven guaranteed spots available, McCool combined for the third-highest overall score of 577.85, giving her an automatic bid into the event at the NCAA’s Championships on March 18-21.