J.J. Frazier took a whack to the noggin in the second half against Auburn last Saturday, and apparently he will miss tonight’s game against South Carolina as he deals with concussion symptoms and what Coach Fox called a “fracture to his orbital bone in his face”.
The problem for Georgia is that Frazier has been their second-leading scorer in conference games at 11.5 points per contest, knocking down nearly 2 three-pointers a game.
Now the Dawgs, who are still without two-guard Juwan Parker – though Fox hinted last weekend that he could be back soon – will be forced to play the Gamecocks with an ultra-thin backcourt.
With the loss of Frazier, UGA only has one regular contributor – Charles Mann – who can bring the ball up the court.
Enter Brandon Young, a 5’10” sophomore point guard who played his high school ball at the Marist School in Atlanta. To say this guy has played sparely for Coach Fox would be quite the understatement, considering Young has seen the floor for a grand total of 16 minutes in his two seasons in Athens (with only 4 minutes of play this year).
However, without Frazier’s ball-handling services, Young will likely see action tonight as a Kenny Gaines-Taylor Echols backcourt may have trouble dealing with pressure.
Georgia lost the first meeting between these two teams back in January, falling to the Gamecocks 67-50 in Columbia. Senior Marcus Thornton didn’t make the trip for that contest as he was dealing with concussion symptoms, and it seems that the Dawgs will be playing Carolina short-handed once again.
After Georgia’s devastating home loss to Auburn last Saturday, UGA can ill-afford another bad loss on its NCAA Tournament resume. With an RPI of 105, South Carolina definitely fits the bill as a “bad loss”, and the Dawgs already have one “bad loss” to Frank Martin’s team this season.
Should they drop another one to the Cocks, UGA’s NCAA dreams may begin to vanish.