Injured Elder likely to play against Kansas
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) – Georgia Tech guard B.J. Elder will likely
play on Sunday despite an ankle injury when the Yellow Jackets play Kansas in
the NCAA Regional Finals.
“He is sore, but there is no swelling,” said head coach Paul Hewitt. “He is
getting treatment around the clock. I am participating that he will play
tomorrow, but how much and what percentage will probably be a game-time
Elder suffered the setback in Georgia Tech’s 72-67 Sweet 16 win over Nevada
Less than two minutes into the first half, Elder twisted his right ankle
underneath Nevada guard Kirk Snyder, who landed on Elder after an
unsuccessful dunk attempt. He limped off the court in obvious pain and was
carted to the locker room for X-rays before re-entering the game for about a
minute later in the half.
Third-seeded Georgia Tech never got its star guard back after that, but it
managed to overcome a halftime deficit to end 10th-ranked Nevada’s Cinderella
run and move on to face Kansas in the round of eight on Sunday.
In Elder’s absence, Marvin Lewis was the only Yellow Jacket to score in double
figures. He had 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including a 4-for-9 clip from
“We have guys on this team who can step up, with the potential to step up and
get points for us,” said swingman Anthony McHenry. “B.J. is a tough player and
these are tough times so we believe if he can be ready to go, he will. But
this team has been through adversity before.”