Report: Florida’s Finney-Smith out for LSU game, likely more
Florida junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday for violating team rules, and he missed that day’s game vs. Vanderbilt as a result. He also will miss Saturday’s game at LSU, and likely more action beyond that, GatorZone.com reports.
The absence of Finney-Smith, combined with that of Michael Frazier II because of an ankle injury, caused the Gators to struggle offensively vs. the Commodores. Frazier and Finney-Smith are the team’s top two scoring options, averaging 13.2 and 12.9 points per game, respectively. Florida beat Vanderbilt 50-47 in a game that Gators coach Billy Donovan characterized as an "absolute struggle" on the offensive end.
Finney-Smith has been suspended by Donovan one time before, as he opened the 2013-14 season three games late before going on to earn the SEC’s sixth man of the year award.
At 13-13, Florida is not in any NCAA Tournament conversations. Being without Finney-Smith and/or Frazier for more time will only decrease the team’s chances of making a run at the Big Dance, one season after reaching the Final Four.