More Bad News For Basketball Tigers

Auburn, Ala.--The odds of Auburn upsetting Florida in the opening round of Thursday's SEC Men's Basketball Tournament plunged with the news that sophomore center <b>Kyle Davis</b> will not be available.

The 6-10 Davis, who leads the SEC in shot blocking with an average of 3.3 per game, suffered a fractured wrist in Saturday's 59-54 loss to LSU.

Team doctor Michael Goodlett notes that Davis has a broken triquetral bone. Davis is expected to be in a cast for four to six weeks. "This is a rare isolated fracture in such a tiny bone that if you try to put a screw in it, it could break into four pieces instead of two pieces," Dr. Goodlett said. "All you can do is put a hard cast on it."

Davis blocked eight shots in the LSU game, but was injured when he hit the floor after a block attempt. He returned to the game and tried to play, but was in obvious pain.

It has been a rough season for Davis who had elbow surgery on January 7th. He was expected to miss a mont of action, but was back in two-and-a-half weeks.

"This is another bit of bad luck for Kyle and our team, but we will deal with it," Coach Cliff Ellis said. "We have no choice. Our first concern is with Kyle and getting him healthy. He has a great family, great medical staff and great support from our basketball family, and he will come back stronger.

"This season-ending injury has been a capsule of the year for him. Unlike his freshman year, he has been injured for most of the season. He was unable to perform at 100 percent throughout this entire year."

Davis has 78 blocked shots this year and 162 career blocks, which is second in school history. He is averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season.

With Davis unavailable, little-used walk-on forward Donny Calton is expected to assume a larger role at the SEC Tournament.

Auburn brings a 12-15 record into the SEC Tournament while the Gators are 21-7.

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