Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. He and his wife live in Fayetteville.
Gators' leading scorer out vs. Arkansas
Florida forward Casey Prather (24) dumps the ball through the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)
FAYETTEVILLE No. 10 Florida will be without its leading scorer and could be without its second-leading scorer Saturday at Arkansas.
Forward Casey Prather won't play with a knee injury, Gators coach Billy Donovan said Friday according to multiple reports. Prather is averaging 17 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and is the Southeastern Conference's top shooter at 64.5 percent.
Guard Scottie Wilbekin didn't practice Friday, Donovan said, after suffering a sprained ankle in a game Wednesday against South Carolina. Wilbekin is averaging 12.3 points per game.
Forward Patric Young also missed Friday's practice with soreness in his knees. Young told reporters he expects to play Saturday.
Donovan said the Gators (12-2, 1-0 SEC) had only six players available for Friday's practice, according to Florida Today.
Arkansas (11-3, 0-1) is looking to bounce back from a 69-53 road loss to Texas A&M in Saturday's noon game at Bud Walton Arena. The Razorbacks have won 23 straight games at home, tied with Florida for the third-longest streak in the country.
The Gators have had trouble against Arkansas in Fayetteville, going 4-5 there under Donovan. Florida is 0-3 at Arkansas as a top 10 team, including an 11-point loss while ranked No. 2 last season.