BATON ROUGE, La. -- Another game, another injury, another starting lineup.
Senior guard Mike Rosario will be sidelined when 11th-ranked Florida (11-2, 1-0) faces LSU (9-3, 0-1) Saturday afternoon due to a left ankle sprain that has prevented him from practicing the last three days.
Rosario, the second-leading scorer for the Gators at 12.3 points per game, rolled the ankle Wednesday midway through the second half of UF’s win over Georgia, but still managed to finish the game.
UF’s coaching staff held out hope Rosario would be able to play against the Tigers in the team’s Southeastern Conference road opener, but Rosario’s foot never came out of the protective boot; not even for the Saturday morning shoot-around at Maravich Assembly Center.
Instead, the Gators will go with their sixth starting lineup in 14 games, with forward Erik Murphy, who did not start against Georgia and is still nursing a broken rib, back in the first unit, alongside center Patric Young and forward Casey Prather up front, with Kenny Boynton and Scottie Wilbekin in the backcourt.
Junior Will Yeguete, whose minutes were scaled back to 14 against Georgia because of tendinitis in his knee, will come off the bench again.