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Florida security guard Tyree Appleby left the Gators NCAA tournament win over Virginia Tech in the first round on Friday after banging an elbow on his forehead in the second half / p> Appleby took tricks and did not return to the Gators’ 75-70 win in extra time at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. He returned to the team’s bench at 3:13 in overtime.

Florida coach Mike White said he wasn’t sure if Appleby was with the team for the team’s next game against runners-up Ohio State or Oral Roberts number 15 will be available.

« I don’t know; he’s with our medics right now, » White said. “I wasn’t told.” The junior guard defended Virginia Tech striker Keve Aluma at 12:58 in the second half as Aluma tried to push a pass across the field and Appleby with an elbow met. It resulted in an instant cut to his forehead and blood on the floor.

Before his injury, Appleby had eight points in 22 minutes on a 3-of-7 off the floor. Appleby was the Gators’ third leading scorer with 11.4 points per game.

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