The Florida Gators may be without starting point guard Andrew Nembhard when they host No. 4 Auburn on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
Speaking with reporters on Friday, head coach Mike White announced that Nembhard has the flu. Nembhard did not participate in practice on Thursday or Friday afternoon.
“We better be ready to play without him,” White said.
This season Nembhard is averaging 11.1 points, 5.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game. He leads the team in minutes played per game (34.1) as well. The sophomore has been on a tear since SEC play began. In four league games, Nembhard is averaging 16 points and 6 assists.
The bulk of Nembhard’s minutes, if he can’t go Saturday, would fall on two freshmen guards in Tre Mann and Ques Glover.
“Great opportunity for freshman guards,” White said. “All these guys want opportunities. They have to take advantage of it. We have to be ready.”
White did not officially rule Nembhard out, saying it would be a game-time decision.
The Gators and Tigers will be broadcast to a National audience on CBS at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.