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Florida’s John Egbunu out for the season with knee injury

SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 11: John Egbunu #15 of the Florida Gators reacts as he fouls out in the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the SEC Basketball Tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 11, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Florida announced on Wednesday that John Egbunu will be out for 10-12 months after suffering an ACL tear in Tuesday night’s win at Auburn.

Egbunu is averaging 7.8 points, 6.6 boards and 1.5 blocks for the Gators, who are sitting in first place tie in the SEC with Kentucky and South Carolina.

This is a brutal blow, as Egbunu is a shotblocker and a defensive menace that anchors the nation’s fifth-best defense. He is a piece they could not afford to lose.