Florida has been without Dorian Finney-Smith (suspension) for the last two games and Michael Frazier (high ankle sprain) for the last four games. The duo will still be off the floor when the Gators (13-14, 6-8 SEC) travel to Missouri on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (TV: SEC Network).
Finney-Smith’s suspension for a violation of team rules will be a minimum of three games, and Florida coach Billy Donovan said it would be revisited following the game against the Tigers (7-20, 1-13 SEC).
“We’ve got to take off Wednesday, so I’ll have an update on Thursday, if we do media,” Donovan said. “But he’s out for this game.”
With Finney-Smith out, it put more of a rebounding emphasis on the shoulders of freshman forward Devin Robinson. In the two games Finney-Smith has been suspended, Robinson has 13 rebounds, more than any other two-game span this season. He has also scored 12 points in each of those games and has felt the need to step up with the team’s top two leading scorers off the team.
“I feel like I need to rebound a lot more, crash the glass,” Robinson said. “He collects a lot of rebounds for our team, and I feel like I need to step up and be more physical down low as well, have a bigger presence and stretch the floor, get out on the wing. I wouldn't say I have to score more, but I would say I have to be more aggressive and play with more energy."
Frazier being out isn’t a surprise. He suffered a high ankle sprain against Kentucky on February 7 in the first half and tried to play through it, but playing through his injury was hurting the team and Donovan took him off the floor. He hasn’t returned since, and Donovan isn't sure how much he'll be able to contribute when he does return because he hasn't practiced since the injury occurred.