Georgia looks to get back on track after Saturday's disappointing home loss to Auburn when they face South Carolina Tuesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Unfortunately they will have to do so without another key player who was lost to injury.
The Bulldogs announced on Monday that sophomore J.J. Frazier would miss Tuesday's game due to a concussionwhich was the result of a second half elbow to the face in Saturday's loss to the Tigers. Frazier also has a fractured orbital bone and has been playing with a hairline fracture in his left hand. He won't be able to return until he is cleared by UGA's concussion protocol and will likely wear a protective face shield upon his return.
Mark Fox's club has battled injury from the outset it feels like. Juwan Parker hasn't played in several weeks after suffering an Achilles injury. Parker has returned to practice and there is an outside shot that he could be in uniform on Tuesday.
Injury played a part in the Bulldogs' earlier loss to the Gamecocks as senior Marcus Thornton missed the game due to a concussion of his own. Georgia fell 67-50 and put up a putrid offensive performance going 11-50 from the field.
Since that win over the Bulldogs, South Carolina has lost three of four with all of the losses coming on the road. The Gamecocks are 3-9 in conference play including an 0-6 record on the road.
Saturday's loss was damaging but it didn't destroy the Bulldogs tournament hopes. However, that loss makes Tuesday's game that much more important. A win and Georgia is headed back in the right direction. A loss and they slip further onto the bubble.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, February 17, 7 p.m. ET
Location: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Bulldogs Radio Network