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Graduate transfer guard Canyon Barry, the leading scorer for Florida Gators basketball this season, has been ruled a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s game against South Carolina, head coach Mike White announced Monday.
Barry, who averages 13.2 points per game, appeared to severely sprain his ankle in the closing moments of Florida’s hard-fought win at Mississippi State on Saturday. White said Monday that the ankle swelled and the player will miss practice.
Though White said Saturday that Barry claimed he could return to the floor but was held out for precautionary reasons, this latest update casts doubt on his ability to play against one of only two SEC teams to hand the Gators a defeat this season.
The Gamecocks prevailed 57-53 in Columbia, South Carolina, on Jan. 18.
The loss to South Carolina was the first of consecutive defeats by Florida. Since then, the Gators have won eight straight games by an average margin of 21.6 points.
Florida is currently in the process of retooling its roster after learning early last week that redshirt junior starting center John Egbunu was lost for the season with a torn ACL. UF is also without freshman forward/center Gorjok Gak, who injured his foot last Monday and is not expected to return until early March. Redshirt freshman F Keith Stone has only combined to play 16 minutes over the last three games as he continues to recover from an illness. “He’s a shell of what he was,” White said Monday.