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Top-scorer Bowers likely out as Mizzou visits No. 10 Florida

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Missouri senior forward Laurence Bowers will most likely sit out the team's first-ever visit to Gainsville on Saturday, when the No. 17 Tigers take on No. 10 Florida.

Coach Frank Haith told reporters Thursday his top scorer, who sprained his right MCL on Jan. 8 in Mizzou's win over Alabama, hasn't practiced since sustaining the injury.

"I would anticipate him not playing," Haith said, according to the University of Missouri student publication TheManeater.com.

Bowers has already missed two games -- a loss at Mississippi on Jan. 12 and Mizzou's home win over Georgia on Wednesday. Haith said after the 79-62 victory that he was pleased with Bowers' progress. "He's doing great. He's actually doing really well." The coach didn't rule Bowers out for Saturday until the following day.

Bowers, who sat out last season after tearing his left ACL, leads the Tigers with 16.8 points per game and also is their second-leading rebounder, averaging 6.9.

Facing the Gators (13-2, 3-0), which boasts the nation's third-best defense, Missouri (13-3, 2-1) will likely again go more to Alex Oriakhi with Bowers sidelined. The senior transfer from UConn, who started at center for the Huskies' 2010-11 championship team before moving to Mizzou last April, is averaging 10.4 points and 8.6 rebounds this season.

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