Georgia's NCAA hopes rest heavily on injured players

AP Sports Writer

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia's NCAA Tournament outlook rests heavily on its medical report.

At full strength, the Bulldogs could be capable of challenging Michigan State in Friday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina. But Georgia might face a quick exit if it can't get past the injuries which helped lead to its exit from the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Guard Kenny Gaines, Georgia's second-leading scorer and top perimeter defender, missed the loss to Arkansas in the SEC semifinals with a sprained left foot. Reserve guard Juwan Parker aggravated an Achilles injury in the loss and played only six minutes.

Gaines says he is confident he'll return for the NCAA Tournament. Coach Mark Fox says he hopes the Bulldogs "can get closer to being healthy" but concedes some players will not be at full speed.

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