Brian Oliver won’t return for Saturday’s game

Brian Oliver, who has missed the past four games, won’t return until March 4, according to Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt.

Oliver, a sophomore, suffered a small fracture in the base of the thumb on his non-shooting hand in the loss against Clemson on Feb. 5.  He was re-examined today and the doctors elected to leave the pins in his hand.

Oliver, who has started 12 games, is averaging 10.9 points and 4.5 rebounds this season. 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.

The team is 1-3 since he went to the sideline. Tech will host Virginia on Wednesday.

“He is a threat offensively, he has had some big three-point shooting games for us,” Hewitt said. “But also, he is a physical presence around the basket and where we have missed him the most is on the boards actually. I didn’t think I would say that but since he has been out people really have been hitting us on the boards. In last night’s game [against Duke] in particular, we gave them 16 second-chance points. In addition to losing the threat that he presents offensively, just his physical presence, boxing out and not mind mixing it up has been the thing that has really stood out and I wouldn’t have told you that before he got hurt.”

– Doug Roberson, AJC

26 comments Add your comment

The Anti-BuzzDraft

February 22nd, 2011
8:50 am

Fire Paul Hewitt

February 22nd, 2011
8:53 am

Just rest until next year Brian – it does you no good this year to come back – be at full strength when we get a real coach

EJ

February 22nd, 2011
9:26 am

He’s not coming back for another 2-3 weeks. He got a cast put on today.

GTFAN

February 22nd, 2011
9:54 am

To little to late…fire PH !

Coach(sic) Paul Johnson

February 22nd, 2011
10:28 am

Georgia Tech has lost 5 of their last 6 football games, only beating Duke.

Georgia Tech only graduates 43% of their football players.

Desperation

February 22nd, 2011
10:29 am

Don’t worry!!!!

Stephon Tuitt will come!!!!

JM

February 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

Good news on Oliver. The team needs his play on the court.

Delbert D.

February 22nd, 2011
10:43 am

Now if Tech can get Dennis Scott and Kenny Anderson to come back…

Paul in RDU

February 22nd, 2011
10:52 am

Paul Hewitt vs Sidney Lowe – 2 coaches in their final days in their current jobs. Look for a poorly played hack fest in the RBC Center.

blazer

February 22nd, 2011
11:17 am

ten points a game missed-we hae been losing my more than that!!

Hewitt still refuses to play zone against anyone-our run land jump defense just doesn’t do it.

doesn’t he know he is on the ropes- i would be trying anything!!

hbtd

February 22nd, 2011
12:14 pm

Does it really matter?

Bill

February 22nd, 2011
12:15 pm

Glad to see Oliver coming back….just for the nasty Bulldog fans who are abject losers with their comments( Not all Ga fans, just those)—nice series this weekend for your Baseball team at Stetson. How that broom feel on your rears by a team that isn’t even top 3 in the A-Sun? Better get out the lotion.

Hewitt: Movin' On OUT!

February 22nd, 2011
1:02 pm

Genuinely glad if Oliver can make it back and see some quality playing time before season’s end. And just think: only two more weeks of Hewitt!!!!

Hewitt: Movin' On OUT!

February 22nd, 2011
1:06 pm

OK…Here we go! Hewitt gets fired the day after the ACC Tournament is over. Radakovich (who is surely already looking around) officially opens the search for his replacement. We might not get a new coach until after the NCAA Tournament is over if we go after a big name…maybe much earlier if we get a less renowned guy or one who isn’t a head coach now.

Hewitt: Movin' On OUT!

February 22nd, 2011
1:08 pm

After Hewitt is gone, at least we can be optimistic again and look forward to seeing something different next year. You can never predict if a new coach is the right man for a particular job until he been doing it awhile, but we need some new blood and new direction regardless. Go Jackets!!!

Hewitt: Movin' On OUT!

February 22nd, 2011
1:10 pm

Here’s hoping that Hewitt gets another job, so we can avoid some of his payout…but since he’s never been known as a hard worker I doubt he’ll even be looking for a few years. (I wouldn’t.)

FullMetalJacket

February 22nd, 2011
1:14 pm

I wish Paul Hewitt all the luck in the world, as long as he leaves Tech. I do not believe he has behaved honorably the past several years–from not putting in the hours and effort on his job to making excuses and criticizing fans and media–but none of us are perfect. I just want him to be imperfect somewhere else, and at least his replacement may be imperfect in other ways so we don’t have to see the same mistakes and weaknesses on the court game after game, season after season.

Coach Mark Richt

February 22nd, 2011
1:17 pm

UGA had more players arrested than graduated last year and we lost to Auburn when the trees were still alive!

gt

February 22nd, 2011
1:38 pm

How good is St. John’s this year? Lord they would have been mad if they had taken Hewitt. This will be taught in Sport’s Business classes for year’s to come. The Hewitt case like the guest who came one weekend and refused to leave. And why should he when he is getting fat off our cake.

EJ

February 22nd, 2011
1:43 pm

I don’t think you guys get it. He just had a cast put on TODAY. He’s out another 2-3 weeks.

The Professor

February 22nd, 2011
2:23 pm

Multiple Choice (select one):
The reason Tech keeps losing is because:
a. ajc sportwriters write negative things about Hewitt
b. Oliver has been hurt
c. Kennesaw St. cheated
d. the officials are biased against Tech
e. Hewitt is underpaid
f. PH can’t coach

Toomers Corner

February 22nd, 2011
2:25 pm

Stinger 2

February 22nd, 2011
2:39 pm

Why should he risk playing again this year for no reason?
He is a good player but cannot make a difference at this point for a pitiful GT team.

Lifelong Jacket fan and Tech grad

February 22nd, 2011
6:07 pm

2003, UGA basketball is in tatters. A smaller school with less athletic prowess would have shut down the program. 2004 Tech plays in the national championship game. 2011, UGA is a wrap for the NCAA tourney, while Tech is posting it’s second losing season in a row (last place in the conference last year, maybe just second to last this year). If you look at college basketball over the past several years, talent is pretty evenly distributed around the country and between large and small programs. The problem at Tech isn’t lack of talent, it’s a lack of coaching, and a coach who gets to keep his job regardless of performance. the players know the coach doesn’t care, so why should they.

uga is dead

February 22nd, 2011
8:18 pm

All the UGA’s are worm meat about now….

ben

February 22nd, 2011
9:16 pm

If I were coach (and Dan hasn’t contacted me yet) I would immediately move Schumpert to shooting guard, make Moe the starter. Then I would start running a few plays on offense and occassionally play inside out ball.