Gary Williams reflects on time spent in Cole Field House
Maryland opens the bulk of its ACC schedule on Saturday against Georgia Tech and the Yellow Jackets will be without one of their best players due to injury.
Robert Carter, Jr., a sophomore averaging 10.3 points and a team-leading 9.3 rebounds per game, is out indefinitely after tearing his the meniscus in his knee. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the injruy.
“He’s a tough kid, and this hit him pretty hard,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him this year. He’s changed his body, he’s become more aggressive on the glass, and his stats clearly show that he was having a tremendous sophomore season for us. He’s a big part of what we do both offensively and defensively.”
And Gregory is right in saying that Carter Jr. is at the center of what the Yellow Jackets do.
A consistent double-double threat, he would have been Maryland's No. 1 priority in the post on Saturday. At different points this season, big-bodied post forwards have given the Terrapins trouble.
In the team's loss to Boston University in late December, Terriers forward Dom Morris had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting and had five rebounds. In an early season loss to Oregon State, the Beavers Devon Collier had 29 points and 11 rebounds.
Tip-off at Comcast Center is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday.