When Marcus Thornton hit the deck Tuesday night late in the second half following a flagrant foul by a Vanderbilt player, he courageously bounced back up, collected himself and buried both free throws.
Apparently, though, Thornton wasn’t doing as well physically as he appeared.
This afternoon Georgia Coach Mark Fox announced that Thornton was being treated for a concussion from his spill in the Vandy game and that he would not play this Saturday against South Carolina. Fox also gave no indication as to whether Thornton would be available on Tuesday night in Lexington against the #1 Kentucky Wildcats, only saying that the senior would be going through the normal concussion protocols.
Losing Thornton is a crushing blow for this UGA team that is currently riding a five-game conference win streak. Even though South Carolina has lost four in a row and they are just 1-6 in SEC play, the Gamecocks did knock off #9 Iowa State, Clemson and Oklahoma State earlier in the season. Georgia should no doubt have its hands full on Saturday as they try to steal a road victory without the services of its leading scorer and rebounder.
South Carolina’s RPI: 111.