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Murphy doubtful for SEC opener

The playing status of Erik Murphy will be determined by his pain tolerance. The senior forward suffered a rib injury against Air Force on December 29, but he managed to practice through it last week while preparing for Yale. That changed on Friday. The Gators were going through practice the day before traveling when Murphy got hit in the ribs again. He's now doubtful for Wednesday's SEC opener.

The hit against Air Force wasn't anything more than a normal bump or bruise a player will take during the course of a game. While on the court, Erik Murphy dominated that game with 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists — leading the No. 11 Gators in all three categories. If the injury were serious, Murphy would've taken time out of practice to rest the injury and not risk making it any...

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