GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- One point guard back, still one to go.
Florida senior Scottie Wilbekin returned to practice Saturday and will be in the lineup when the 15th-ranked Gators (6-2) face sixth-ranked Kansas (6-2) Tuesday night at the C’Connell Center. Wilbekin suffered an ankle sprain in Monday night’s loss at Connecticut and did not return to the game.
“We held him out the last couple days,” UF coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s fine now.”
Wilbekin injured his right ankle grabbing a rebound late in UConn’s buzzer-beating 65-64 win. In three games since returning from a suspension, he’s averaging 11.3 points on 37-percent shooting, plus 3.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game. He’s turned the ball over just seven times.
After a team day off Tuesday, UF’s training staff held Wilbekin out of Wednesday and Thursday practice, but cleared him for full-go work Saturday.
Meanwhile, freshman point guard Kasey Hill participated in some non-contact work, but was relegated to the training room for treatment while the Gators practiced. His status for the KU game remains questionable.
The Jayhawks lost Saturday at Colorado on a 30-foot shot shot at the buzzer.
Hill averaged 10.3 points and 4.2 assists in starting the season’s first four games, then suffered a high ankle sprain Nov. 17 against Southern. He was cleared for running and lower-body conditioning a week ago.