Posted: 8:11 p.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013
By Jason Lieser
Florida G Mike Rosario had a rough start to the NCAA tournament, sitting out most of the Gators’ 79-47 first-round win over Northwestern State on Friday. Rosario scored eight points in 15 minutes and irritated coach Billy Donovan by failing to block out on a rebound early in the second half.
Beyond those types of lapses, Rosario is battling a pair of injuries as Florida prepares to face Minnesota in the second round Sunday (6:10 p.m., TNT). He has a lingering sprained left ankle and a dislocated ring finger on his left, non-shooting hand.
Because he is a right-handed shooter, it does not seem to be impacting his shot, but it could cause trouble with shooting and dribbling.
“I wouldn’t say it affects me,” he said today. “I put this splint on it to keep it in place because I don’t want it to come out of place — that’s the worst pain ever.”
Rosario is averaging 12.2 points per game this season, third on the team, and shooting a career-high 44.1 percent from the field.