NASHVILLE — The status of South Carolina’s best player remains unknown as the third-seeded Gamecocks get ready to begin play in the SEC tournament.
Senior forward Michael Carrera is still dealing with a right hip injury and may not play Friday night against Georgia. The indications are that Gamecocks coach Frank Martin, sensing his team is safely in the NCAA tournament, could sit Carrera to save him for next week.
Martin said on his call-in show Thursday night that Carrera didn’t practice earlier int he day, according to The State.
Georgia (18-12) is trying to play its way onto the bubble and may need to win the SEC tournament to earn an NCAA tournament berth. It’s coming off a 79-69 win over Mississippi State on Thursday night, and will be seeking to beat South Carolina for the third time this year.
That would be easier to do without Carrera (14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game), who was named to the coaches’ All-SEC first team earlier this week. He suffered the hip injury last week in a loss to Georgia; Carrera struggled in that game, shooting 5-for-21 from the field and finishing with 13 points. Georgia dominated the glass, 46-35, with Carrera only grabbing five rebounds.
South Carolina did win at Arkansas last Saturday without Carrera. So it wouldn’t necessarily make Georgia the favorite on Friday night if Carrera sits.