Georgia Tech’s Brian Oliver will miss as many as three weeks after suffering a broken left thumb in Saturday’s loss to Clemson. The Yellow Jackets (10-12, 3-6 in the ACC) will host Florida State on Thursday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Oliver, a sophomore, had a small fracture in the base of the thumb on his non-shooting hand. He is scheduled to have surgery on Wednesday.
This is potentially a season-sinking blow to a team that has hit a rough patch in losing their past three games. Oliver, who has started 12 games, is averaging 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds this season. He was expected to provide a third scoring option for this season’s guard-focused team. After hitting 38 percent of his 3-pointers last season Oliver has struggled this year, hitting 29.5 percent of his 3-pointers and 36.8 percent of his shots overall. Partially as a result, Tech is hitting just 28.9 percent of its 3-pointers as a team.
His absence will likely mean more minutes for Jason Morris, Nick Foreman and Lance Storrs as Tech tries to regain the momentum gained after impressive wins over North Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech earlier in the conference season.
As Oliver leaves Nate Hicks is expected to return. The reserve center has been sidelined for the past few games after having his appendix removed. A freshman, Hicks is averaging 1.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
– Doug Roberson, AJC