AUSTIN, Texas -- The knee still aches. Some days the pain is greater than others. It needs TLC every time Will Yeguete finishes a tough practice or rehab session.
As Yeguete sat at his locker here inside the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday afternoon, a bag of ice was taped to his right knee, the one that forced Yeguete to miss a month of the regular season and threatened to end his season.
The thought of not playing in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row is one Yeguete, a junior forward, is glad he no longer has to consider. The possibility burdened him at midseason.
"I mean he really cried about as hard as a kid I've seen cry before,'' Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "He wanted to play."
Yeguete did not play in Florida's run to the Elite Eight last year due to a broken foot. As a freshman in 2011, Yeguete played only 20 minutes in three March Madness games.
The Gators, the No. 3 seed in the South Region, are back in the tournament and face No. 14-seed Northwester...