Georgia Tech has won four of five heading into ACC play, but the Yellow Jackets suffered a tough personnel loss on Thursday.
Sophomore big man Robert Carter tore his meniscus in Sunday's game at Charlotte and is out indefinitely. There is no timetable for his return, and he will undergo surgery next week.
“He's a tough kid, and this hit him pretty hard,” 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. We won't know exactly what the nature of the injury is until the surgery occurs.”
Carter, a 6-foot-8 Georgia native, is among the best rebounders in the ACC and has provided a solid post presence for the Yellow Jackets. He was averaging 10.3 points and 9.3 rebounds, including four double-doubles.
Without Carter anchoring the interior, Gregory will likely turn to Kammeon Holsey for more minutes. Daniel Miller has been solid inside this season, and will continue to be an efficient offensive player as a starter, but Holsey and freshman Quinton Stephens are likely to see expanded roles.
Georgia Tech (9-4) travels to Maryland on Saturday.