ORLANDO — Florida freshman PG Kasey Hill is suffering from turf toe and will be re-evaluated before today's second-round game against Albany.
Hill, the backup to Scottie Wilbekin, is averaging 22.5 minutes a game. Over the past several weeks, his minutes have increased, providing valuable rest for Wilbekin, who averages nearly 34 minutes. Hill played 16 minutes in Sunday's SEC championship win over Kentucky.
Hill participated in practice Wednesday.
Not an easy path: Albany has had a tough road to the second round. The Great Danes defeated Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday in a first-round game in Dayton, Ohio, flew out at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday and arrived in Orlando about 3:30 a.m. for this afternoon's matchup with No. 1 seed Florida.
Coach Will Brown called the Gators the best team he has seen all season. And while no No. 16 seed has ever defeated a No. 1, the Albany players said the pressure is on the Gators.
"Crazier things have been done, I think, in the course of history," Albany C John Puk said. "Obviously a 16 seed has never beat a 1 seed, but it has to come true at some point in time."
Pitino criticizes matchup: Louisville coach Rick Pitino had no problem with his team's NCAA Tournament seeding. But the pairing drew his ire.
Pitino criticized the selection committee for tonight's matchup pitting his fourth-seeded and defending national champion Cardinals against No. 13 Manhattan, coached by Pitino's former assistant, Steve Masiello.
Masiello served as Pitino's ball boy with the NBA's Knicks in the 1980s, played for him at Kentucky (1996-97) then spent six years coaching alongside him at Louisville (2005-11).
"We press like him, we trap like him, his offensive sets are just like ours," Pitino said. "That's why I don't like the game. I don't think it's fair."
Information from Times wires was used in this report.