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Hayes could be out for Vandy

If Hayes can't play at Vanderbilt, sixth man Damien Wilkins likely would move into the starting lineup

ATHENS, Ga. - Jarvis Hayes, Georgia's leading scorer and the defending SEC scoring champion, aggravated a hip injury in Saturday's win over Auburn, leaving his status for Wednesday night's game at Vanderbilt in doubt.

 Despite entering the game with a left hip flexor injury, Hayes played 35 minutes against Auburn but  his effectiveness was limited by the injury. He scored 12 points - 6.5 below his average entering the game - and made only 3 of 12 shots from the field.

 Hayes aggravated the injury in the second half and was unable to participate in any team drills in Monday's practice. The junior forward was limited to conditioning work on the side.

 Georgia, which moved up four spots to No. 15 in Monday's Associated Press Top 25, improved to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in the Southeastern Conference with the 85-79 win over Vanderbilt.

 Georgia has won 11 of its last 12 games but still trails No. 4 Florida and No. 7 Kentucky - each 5-0 in the SEC - in the Eastern Division standings.

 Coach Jim Harrick says he knows the best way to address Hayes' injury is with rest, so he has to consider the possibility of holding the junior out in Wednesday night's game at Vanderbilt.

 "Jarvis is hurting,'' Harrick said Monday. "All you have to do is lay off it for about two or three weeks, but we don't have two or three weeks. I don't know what's going to happen. It would be good if I could sit (the Vanderbilt game) out, but I don't know if I can do that or not.''

 Georgia trainer Mike Clanton said the decision on Hayes may be determined in part by how Hayes responds to treatment.

 "(Harrick) will factor in how well Jarvis is moving around and how much he's able to practice,'' Clanton said.

 "Basketball is a sport of changing directions and having to jump up and push off people. It's hard to protect him and let him be as free-flowing as he normally is. It's going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of treatment.''

 Despite the off game against Auburn, Hayes is averaging 18.1 points per game, just ahead of senior Ezra Williams' 18.0 average for team-best honors.

 Hays was one of five "mid-season All-Americans'' named by The Sporting News and was on the early watch lists for the Naismith and Wooden awards given to the nation's top player.

 Hayes was named the SEC's Player of the Year by Basketball America, The Sporting News and CNN-SI last year after leading the SEC with 18.6 points per game.

 If Hayes can't play at Vanderbilt, sixth man Damien Wilkins likely would move into the starting lineup. Freshman Wayne Arnold, sophomore Fred Gibson or senior Richard Wehunt would have to play more minutes than usual as a top reserve, especially when Wilkins moves to point guard to give starter Rashad Wright a rest.


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