Georgia’s Marcus Thornton Will Miss Game Against Kentucky

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Leading Scorer Marcus Thornton will miss his second straight game, as Georgia will travel to Lexington to play the best basketball team in the country.

Marcus Thornton is out for the Kentucky game in Lexington Tuesday night.

With the Bulldogs already playing without Kenny Paul Geno (wrist) and Juwan Parker (Achilles), Georgia’s chances to compete with the talented Cats were already long. With Thornton, Merriam’s has placed a Bulldog team photo next to “underdog” in the Dictionary.

Thornton will not suit up for the second straight game after undergoing concussion protocol testing. Marc Weiszer of Onlineathens.com reported coach Mark Fox’s Monday morning comments. “We’ll make some adjustments if he cannot play. It’s more than just Marcus. We’ve got a number of guys down. The cumulative effect of that finally took its toll last weekend.”

Thornton sustained a concussion during a play that resulted in a flagrant 1 foul on Vanderbilt during Georgia’s win against the Commodores last Tuesday. Without Thornton, the Bulldogs shot 22 percent in a 17-point loss at South Carolina Saturday. It was worst shooting in Fox’s six seasons.

Coach Fox also discussed Georgia’s other injuries.

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“The cumulative effect of those three guys, we have to look at maybe doing some different things,” Fox said. “But that’s so hard to do in the middle of league play. You’re trying to keep your team fresh. You’ve got travel days mixed in. It’s just hard to do. Those aren’t changes you can make in a day or two. Anything we’ll try and do different if we have to will be subtle.”

Chip Towers of the AJC.com reported Thornton watched the South Carolina game with his dad, Billy Thornton and reported Mr. Thorntons’ remarks. “It was hard to watch,” Billy Thornton said on Sunday. “It was particularly hard for him because he’s supposed to be resting at the same time. In hindsight, it might have been better if he hadn’t watched.”

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