De'Aaron Fox Ruled Out vs. Florida with Knee Injury

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: De'Aaron Fox #0 of the Kentucky Wildcats drives to the basket against the LSU Tigers during the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Kentucky Wildcats point guard De'Aaron Fox will miss Saturday's game against the Florida Gators with a right knee contusion, according to the program's official Twitter account

Fox nursed a minor ankle injury earlier in the season, and it appears the knee contusion also falls on the less severe end of the spectrum. 

"He hit his knee," Kentucky head coach John Calipari said, per SECCountry.com's Joe Mussatto. "It’s not sprained or anything like that. It’s a bruise."

Twenty-seven appearances into his freshman season, Fox is averaging 15.5 points, a team-high 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals a night. According to Sports-Reference.com, that makes Fox one of 20 players in the country averaging better than 15 points, five dimes and one swipe per game. 

Without the speedy distributor, the Wildcats will likely turn the keys to the offense over to Isaiah Briscoe. The only other Kentucky contributor who's resembled a primary facilitator, Briscoe is averaging 4.3 assists. 

However, he'll have to cut down on careless plays if Kentucky wants to stave off the 13th-ranked Gators. Entering Saturday afternoon, Briscoe is averaging a team-high 2.8 turnovers per game. 

Malik Monk, although primarily used as a spot-up shooter, should also be tasked with shouldering extra ball-handling responsibilities as Calipari searches for secondary on-ball playmakers to step up in Fox's absence.