ATHENS - Charles Mann is going through another rough spot, and when that happened earlier this season, Mark Fox sent him for the bench for a game.
This time, however, Fox seems more inclined to let his junior point guard play through it.
"He's been a good player for us and we'll stick with Charles, and hopefully he'll fight his way through this," Fox said on Monday.
Mann, a preseason first-team All-SEC pick by the coaches, has 50 turnovers this season, twice as many as any other Georgia player. Free throws are also worrisome for Mann, who's only shooting 61.3 percent.
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But he also gets to the line more than any other player in the SEC, which is an important part of Georgia's scoring offense. And when it comes to ball-handling, the team doesn't have a plethora of options: Fellow point guard J.J. Frazier turned it over five times at LSU, only one less time than Mann.
Mann's issues stood out a bit more in Saturday's loss, however, as he missed free throws that could have sealed the game for Georgia.
"Charles really did not finish the game well. He would be the first to tell you he did not finish the game well," Fox said. "But just two weeks ago he made two big ones at Kansas State. But he would be the first one to say he did not play well."
In fairness, Fox pointed out, more responsibility was on Mann down the stretch because two other perimeter starters were out: Juwan Parker hurt his achilles earlier in the game, and Kenny Gaines fouled out early in the second overtime.
"(Mann) didn't get the usual breaks," Fox said. "You get into a double-overtime game and I think he just wore down a little bit and made some poor decisions."
Mann struggled with the same turnover problems at the outset of the season, especially in the team's loss at Minnesota in New York. He was benched for the ensuing game at Chattanooga, and responded by playing well as Georgia won the next six games.
Georgia's turnover margin is minus-1.2, which is 253rd nationally (out of 343 teams) and ahead of only only two other SEC teams. Luckily for Georgia, one of them is its next opponent, Vanderbilt, whose turnover margin is minus-2.9.
Georgia (9-5 overall, 0-2 in the SEC) has fallen to No. 37 in the national RPI rankings, per CBSsports.com. In the latest bracket projections by CBSsports' Jerry Palm, updated on Monday, Georgia is a No. 10 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Parker has achilles injury
Parker will not practice Monday, and likely will not practice on Tuesday, but isn't being ruled out for the next day's game at Vanderbilt.
"Hopefully we will have him for the game, but can't be totally confident with that," Fox said.
Parker has emerged as one of the team's steadiest players, averaging 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds out of the small forward spot. He and leading scorer Marcus Thornton are the only players to start every game.