NASHVILLE, Tenn. – South Carolina will not have its leading scorer and rebounder for Friday evening’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals matchup against Georgia.
The team announced that senior forward Michael Carrera will not be able to suit up against the Bulldogs due to a right hip injury. He is considered day-to-day.
#Gamecocks senior forward Michael Carrera is unavailable for tonite's game vs. Georgia due to a right hip injury, he is listed as day-to-day— Gamecock MBB (@GamecockMBB) March 12, 2016
Carrera's absence is huge, considering he averages 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. The Gamecocks are considered firmly in by most NCAA Tournament analysts, although a third loss to Georgia could change that perception.
Friday’s game between Georgia (18-12) and South Carolina (24-7) marks the third time the teams will play each other this season. Georgia won both of the prior games, including one on March 3 by a score of 74-72.
In that game, Carrera had a poor performance as he made went 5-of-21 shooting from the field, while sinking only 1 of 10 3-point attempts. With Carrera out against Arkansas, Sindarius Thornwell stepped up and scored 22 points in a 76-61 victory.
The final second-round game of the night is slated to tip at approximately 9:25 p.m.