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Will Yeguete injury hurts Florida's March hopes

Pat Forde
Yahoo Sports

Florida's depth took a major hit Tuesday night when key reserve Will Yeguete broke his foot in the Gators' 63-47 victory over Auburn.

Yeguete, a sophomore forward who is the team's co-leading rebounder at 6.3 per game, will be evaluated further. But Florida coach Billy Donovan told, "It's a six-week break. He's done."

Yeguete broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Florida's place in the 68-team NCAA tournament field is secure, but the injury is a problem for two reasons: The guard-oriented Gators already are thin in the frontcourt and the team now must be evaluated by the NCAA selection committee for seeding purposes with Yeguete likely out of the mix.

Yeguete has been a high-energy source who has greatly improved his production from freshman to sophomore season. In addition to rebounding and interior defense, he is averaging 4.5 points, 1.2 steals and 1.1 assists.

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With Kentucky coming to Gainesville to close the regular season March 4, Florida will now be even more hard-pressed to defend Wildcats center Anthony Davis and his frontcourt teammates.

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