High-scoring Jackets guard has strained hamstring
Georgia Tech will be without second-leading scorer B.J. Elder for the first one to three weeks of ACC play, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. The senior guard strained his left hamstring in Saturday's overtime loss to No. 2 Kansas.
Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt expects Elder back no later than Jan. 22 against Virginia Tech, the newspaper reported.
Between now and then, Georgia Tech (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) faces a game at home against Virginia (Saturday), then road matchups with North Carolina (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) on Wednesday and with NC State on Jan. 16. The Yellow Jackets beat Miami 80-69 on Thursday.
Freshman Anthony Morrow, who garnered a career-high 21 minutes against Kansas after Elder went down in the first half, is excited about getting more playing time, according to the AJC.
"I think I'm ready for it," Morrow told the newspaper. "I feel I'm ready. I'm anxious because it's a real exciting time."
Although Morrow is one of the Jackets' top shooters (48.8 percent from the field, including 45.2 from 3-point range), the change will be a big one for Georgia Tech (9-2).
As Dick Vitale noted after Saturday's game, Tech's style of play changed without Elder in the lineup and the team didn't attack the basket as effectively.
ACC season is not a good time for a team to develop weaknesses, not with three conference teams ranked in the top five nationally and six league teams in the Top 25 (AP poll has five; NC State dropped out after loss to West Virginia).
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.