(Updated 1:45 p.m.)
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Wearing a shoe with extra protection for his left big toe, forward Trey Thompkins started Georgia’s game against Alabama this afternoon at Coleman Coliseum.
Thompkins had an ingrown toenail removed on Tuesday and was lifted from Wednesday’s game against LSU after aggravating the tender toe. Coach Mark Fox said on Friday that it wouldn’t be known until close to game time whether Thompkins would play against Alabama.
Thompkins participated in pregame warmups today, at one point taking a brief break to allow an SEC Network cameraman to zoom in for a closeup shot of his left shoe.
Also, freshman backup forward Marcus Thornton, who missed Wednesday’s game with what Fox described as a deep elbow laceration, participated in warmups.
It’s going to be an interesting final weekend of the regular season for several SEC East teams. Depending on what happens in three games this weekend, Georgia could be seeded anywhere from No. 2 to No. 5 in next week’s conference tournament at the Georgia Dome. For more on this weekend’s scenarios, click here.