Posted: 4:37 pm Monday, January 27th, 2014

Beat-up Bulldogs hope to heal before Vanderbilt 

By Chip Towers

Apparently the Bulldogs are even more beat up than previously thought.

It’s well known that Georgia played without shooting guards Kenny Gaines (thigh bruise) and Juwan Parker (hamstring) this past Saturday at Kentucky. But forward Donte Williams also had to leave that game after slamming his head on the court while trying to take a charge from 250-pound Julius Randle. And guard J.J. Frazier had to get an MRI and X-rays of a wrist.

The good news is it appears the latter two players will be OK to play Wednesday at home against Vanderbilt. The bad news is coach Mark Fox is still not sure whether Gaines or Parker will be back.

“We’re just trying to treat them as much as we can,” Fox said on the SEC coaches’ teleconference call Monday. “They were in the building a couple of times (Sunday) getting treatment in hopes that they can meet the thresholds required to be cleared to practice. We have not met our trainer yet today. I know they had treatment earlier this morning. They’ll have another round before practice and hopefully we’ll be able to get them back on the floor. But I really don’t have much at this time to add on those two.”

The Bulldogs (10-8, 4-2 SEC) desperately need Gaines. The 6-foot-3 sophomore is Georgia’s second-leading scorer (12.0 ppg) and has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, including a career high 22 vs. Alabama.

Parker, a freshman from Tulsa has been coming on both as an offense and defensive force this month. Without either player the Bulldogs don’t have a true two-guard and are forced to severely alter the lineup. Against Kentucky they went with four forwards most of the game and lost by 25.

“Having that guard (Gaines) out really put them in a tough spot,” Kentucky coach John Calipari observed. “That shows you what a great coach Mark is. He kept them in the game with that guy not in there. He played a lineup he’s never played at Georgia. He had like four centers on the court at one time. And they had a chance.”

16 comments
cspecial
cspecial

watching the game vs Kentucky was very disappointing on the bulldogs part.kentucky to me wasn"t that much better than the dogs if any.the dogs just laid down and gave the cats the game because  in their minds, they were suppose to lose to them.georgia has a decent team but they look at who and where they are playing.florida wasn"t suppose to beat them like they did but they laid down for them also.the dogs need to realize they are not suppose to lose games and start playing hard and smart every time out

TampGator1
TampGator1

hoopsdpg......


Concerning Bllly D.......look how he has handle Harris, the transfer from SC, this year.  The man is nothing but top shelf class.....and absolutely one of the best college basketball coaches ever.  It is fun the watch the Gators play BB....total, unselfish, team effort every single night....with great team defense and hustle.  And it causes me pause to think how good they will be this year if the NCAA ever lets Chris Walker play for the Gators. 


And to the people that have constantly hated on Fox as the Georgia coach.  He does more with less than just about any coach in the country.  If Georgia fans supported their team more, you would also have a winner in basketball in Athens.  But you don't....and you won't.  But keep blaming the coach and see how that works for you.  Frankly, I am surprised that Fox has wanted to stay in Athens....contract only.....I guess.  Georgia plays sound basketball.....but they just do not have the talent to compete day in and day out with Kentucky and Florida in BB. 

hoopsdog
hoopsdog

I certainly agree with Tampagator about the coaching class and prowess of Billy D. He is the reason that I can root for gator basketball as long as it is not in the way of my dawgs (which it rarely is).

Borodawg
Borodawg

Not too bad of a showing against Kaintuck considering the injuries.  And, considering their pretty anemic offense, losing Gaines was/is a big blow.


They're playing pretty good D; rebounds; second chances.  If they can ever get some shots to fall consistently, and start shooting better at the line, they should at least make it to the NIT.


Go Georgia Bulldogs!

ThomasBrownUGA
ThomasBrownUGA

Georgia Bulldogs blog has ceased to be relevant.  While the AJ-C itself is to blame, 99 ¢ for complete stories, what we have witnessed here at the AJ-C are sportswriters have really nothing to say as usual, but now they actually think by reducing their hits they make themselves more relevant somehow.


There is no commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs blog at all.

aladawg
aladawg

dumb. still had gaines in the game with a 20 pt  lead late in the game  when he got hurt

SinceVince
SinceVince

Injuries?  Sounds like our football team.....

THEBuckeyes1
THEBuckeyes1

Didn't know this was a Gators BB blog.  Weird.

TampGator1
TampGator1

Dawg350....


I think they will make it to the NIT.  They can do it!!!....."book it!!!"

TampGator1
TampGator1

For Dawg BB fans everywhere (you know, the one or two of you out there somewhere, someplace....in time)...


Florida now ranked #3 in the nation under Billy D....and will be adding McDonald's AA Chris Walker to the playing rotation soon.  Gators BB team a serious threat to win it all this year.  Billy D is simply one of the best....if not the best....BB coach in America right now. 


Go Gators BB.   Hope for the best for Gators FB in 2014.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I like the b-ball team....but I know that we are a football school and always will be. B- ball team won't even make the NIT this year.

FrankGarner
FrankGarner

@TampGator1 Donovan is a class act and one heck of a coach. Even as a die hard Dawg he's a man I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Personally, I love Mark Fox. Things looked a little grim through the non-conference stretch but he's turned them around. He's an excellent coach who just hasn't had the talent. Once he gets over the hump the upside for Georgia basketball is tremendous. Just hard to come in and recruit against Kentucky, Duke, UNC, and Florida and some of the other historical Southeastern basketball powers who grab the big recruits. Hopefully they can finish strong and build momentum for next year.

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@ThomasBrown You seem 100% committed to this blog based on your word count and other spewage.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tampa

The gators finished 4-8 in 2013! Book it!