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