The Newest: Florida with out Omar Payne trails Virginia Tech

Florida should take care of Virginia Tech with out sophomore ahead Omar Payne

The Newest on the primary spherical of the NCAA Event (all occasions Jap):

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1:25 p.m.

Florida should take care of Virginia Tech with out sophomore ahead Omar Payne.

The 6-foot-10 Payne is being held out of the seventh-seeded Gators’ first-round matchup with the Tenth-seeded Hokies. The varsity mentioned the choice was made by head coach Mike White.

Payne was ejected from the SEC Event quarterfinals early within the second half for a flagrant 2 foul towards Tennessee’s John Fulkerson. The ejection got here after a assessment by officers. Fulkerson suffered a concussion and facial fracture and was unsure for Tennessee’s opener towards Oregon State.

The SEC didn’t droop Payne, who’s averaging 3.7 factors and three.2 rebounds in about 16 minutes a recreation this season.

The Gators had points with Virginia Tech’s measurement within the first half. The Hokies dominated within the paint for stretches whereas constructing a 33-27 lead.

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12:40 p.m.

The primary recreation of the primary spherical between No. 7 seed Florida and Tenth-seeded Virginia Tech is underway at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse and a cloudless day outdoors has introduced a big quantity of pure mild into the sector.

Hinkle Fieldhouse has home windows circling the concourse stage of the sector and shades have been pulled down on the south finish to attempt to assist hold the solar out of the gamers’ eyes. However home windows on the high of the arched-roof constructing are nonetheless permitting in daylight.

It’s the primary time Hinkle has hosted NCAA Event video games since 1940.

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Extra AP faculty basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/Faculty-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP—Top25 and https://apnews.com/hub/ncaa-mens-bracket

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