ATHENS — Well, here’s another one: Georgia’s basketball team is breaking them out for Sunday’s rather big non-conference game against Marquette, and is asking fans to also engage in a black-out.
The school is hoping the black-out idea helps give the Bulldogs a pumped-up crowd and bigger home advantage, in a game it will need it. But the black jerseys are no big deal to the players.
“We wear them just about every away game,” senior guard J.J. Frazier said. “That or red. So I’m used to being in them.”
Frazier claimed he didn’t know they were wearing black until a reporter told him. Jordan Harris said he didn’t find out until Thursday night.
“I’m excited for that,” Harris said, then added: “I’d be excited if I was wearing white.”
Marquette will be wearing gold, which it wears for many road games. This game will be at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.
Georgia head coach Mark Fox said he wasn’t involved in the jersey choice, but elected to go with it as long as Marquette signed off, which it did.
“Obviously in our game now there’s so many different color jerseys it’s not unusual to wear the dark color at home,” Fox said. “It’s really no issue to me, either way. If it’s something for the fans and good for the game, then great.”
One of the players wearing those black jerseys will be Juwan Parker, the starting small forward who was held out of Wednesday’s game against Morehouse. Parker, who took a medical redshirt last year because of an Achilles injury, was experiencing soreness in the lead-up to the game, but the team said Wednesday that sitting him was just precautionary.
“Juwan came back to practice (Thursday) and was feeling much better, so I fully anticipate that he’ll play,” Fox said.