Jeronne Maymon still questionable with bruised knee

Coach Cuonzo Martin said the Tennessee men's basketball team is preparing as though power forward Jeronne Maymon won't play in Monday's National Invitation Tournament game against Middle Tennessee State.

Maymon missed UT's NIT opener, a 65-51 victory against Savannah State on Tuesday, and he hasn't practiced on account of a bruised knee originally suffered in the Vols' 74-69 overtime victory at LSU on Feb. 29.

"It hasn't been determined if he'll play,'' Martin said at Friday's media opportunity at Pratt Pavilion. "If Jeronne is done, he's done. The guys will be OK; they'll just have to find a way to get it done.''

Tennessee (19-14) plays host to the Blue Raiders (26-6) on Monday (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.) at Thompson-Boling Arena. All tickets are general admission and are selling for $10 apiece.

Maymon played on the injured leg in the Vols' 68-61 victory against Vanderbilt in both teams' regular-season finale, and he also played in UT's 77-72 overtime loss to Ole Miss in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament in New Orleans on March 9.

Maymon, a second-team All-SEC selection, averages 12.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Mike Griffith covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitterhttpcom/MikeGriffith32

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Vol1973 writes:

Need Maymon !!

John_10065 writes:

I think we'll need him for MTSU but we'll need him more next year healthy!

SummittsCourt writes:

He'll be ready, he'll play.

volhitman writes:

I guess "questionable" means he can play if absolutely needed. Hope we get a big lead early and he can rest til MSG.
GO VOLS!!!

voloffaith writes:

Yes the lines are now open and all calls with all opinions are filing in as expected.....

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to volhitman:

I guess "questionable" means he can play if absolutely needed. Hope we get a big lead early and he can rest til MSG.
GO VOLS!!!

Big leads haven't meant a whole lot this year. Better though to have it than not. Also better to have Maymon than not. It's probably good for Stokes to have the added pressure. the thing is that if Makanjuola and Woolridge come out and play underneath then we'll do well anyhow. ???
Woolridge can rebound play defense and shoot underneath when he actually wants to.IMHO I still haven't seen enough of Miller to judge.

volhitman writes:

I agree with you on Miller. I like his energy for the time he's in there, but does he have the focus for extended minutes? Just haven't seen enough.
GO VOLS!!!

CoverOrange writes:

If Maymon hasn't recovered by Monday, expect to announcement of minor surgery in April or May. Shouldn't take 3 weeks for a bruise. No, I'm not a doctor. JMHO

voloffaith writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

If Maymon hasn't recovered by Monday, expect to announcement of minor surgery in April or May. Shouldn't take 3 weeks for a bruise. No, I'm not a doctor. JMHO

Uhhhh remember Taber Spani knee bruise ? Not correcting just reminding....

FanNotSheep writes:

Agree you can't risk further injury for an NIT game but I'm skeptical it's just a bruise if it affects him for two full weeks. He hurt it against Vandy, right? Not sure we are getting the full scoop on our ice cream cone.

maciste54 writes:

WTH ? Is the knee bruised or broke ???????

CroKev writes:

What does any of this have to do with where Peyton is going to play?!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Uhhhh remember Taber Spani knee bruise ? Not correcting just reminding....

Uhhhhh, no. Not reminding just correcting.

underthehill writes:

Really hate to think they'll play w/o Maymon..bought tickets and plan to attend but I will not be buying $4.00 Cokes and Popcorn..I am looking forward to seeing Stokes in person..

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

I hope he's well, I hate for UT to have more excuses when they lose to Little Middle.

FanNotSheep writes:

MTSU is a pretty good basketball team. They could easily be in the NCAA if not for the unwritten rule that only one team gets in from each small conference. Alabama proved they did not belong in the tournament this year and that all the complaining last year was unfounded as. The reason they don't play tough teams in the non-con is they'd lose. Admire the coach for sitting top players but they did not make the SEC look good; thank goodness UT survived our scare in the NIT as the sole survivor there or it would really be embarrassing.

jt45 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I hope he's well, I hate for UT to have more excuses when they lose to Little Middle.

Whats your excuse for always being wrong ? In some ways your like UT's secret weapon, keep up the good work.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Really hate to think they'll play w/o Maymon..bought tickets and plan to attend but I will not be buying $4.00 Cokes and Popcorn..I am looking forward to seeing Stokes in person..

lol, do you really think hes any more or less good in person than on TV

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I hope he's well, I hate for UT to have more excuses when they lose to Little Middle.

Another prediction from the amateur handicrapper? You'd think you wouldn't have the nerve to come on here with a prediction any more. If you are truly a pro handicapper, you must be a really poor one.

VolunteerLifer writes:

It's tough to win against quality teams when two of your top three post players are gone. Especially now that Golden has reverted to old form and is not playing good defense any more. I have a bad feeling about this game.

On the bright side, guess no memphis tiger trolls will be bothering us on this board this off-season.

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

MTSU is a pretty good basketball team. They could easily be in the NCAA if not for the unwritten rule that only one team gets in from each small conference. Alabama proved they did not belong in the tournament this year and that all the complaining last year was unfounded as. The reason they don't play tough teams in the non-con is they'd lose. Admire the coach for sitting top players but they did not make the SEC look good; thank goodness UT survived our scare in the NIT as the sole survivor there or it would really be embarrassing.

Agreed, FNS. I honestly believe that more mid-majors (good mid-majors like MTSU) should make the Big Dance. They are good enough. Look at what has happened in the NCAA's already. People on this site have poked fun at the NIT, but there are plenty of teams in the NIT that could win at least a game or two in the NCAA. Ask Duke, Missouri, Michigan, and oh, Memphis (sorry, couldn't leave the Tigers out), about short trips to the NCAA. They don't even need an extra pair of underwear. Point is, UT will have to play a good game to beat a good team on Monday.

makelemonade writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I hope he's well, I hate for UT to have more excuses when they lose to Little Middle.

DUDE! I don't usually pay much attention to clueless trolls like you when reading these comments but I just have to ask. Do you ever get it right? I hope your not really giving handicapping advice, you might end up with some very unhappy clients if you are.

makelemonade writes:

in response to decades_vol:

Agreed, FNS. I honestly believe that more mid-majors (good mid-majors like MTSU) should make the Big Dance. They are good enough. Look at what has happened in the NCAA's already. People on this site have poked fun at the NIT, but there are plenty of teams in the NIT that could win at least a game or two in the NCAA. Ask Duke, Missouri, Michigan, and oh, Memphis (sorry, couldn't leave the Tigers out), about short trips to the NCAA. They don't even need an extra pair of underwear. Point is, UT will have to play a good game to beat a good team on Monday.

Good comment. Alot of people don't realize that UT beat a good team Tuesday night. Savannah St won the MEAC regular season. The MEAC Conference of Norfolk St who beat #2 seed Missouri today. People blow off lots of these lesser known teams because they're not on tv every week. The truth is, there's so many excellent young players coming out of high school these days that there's not enough room for them all on the major college teams. They have to end up somewhere and that's how the George Masons, VCUs, etc. come about.

golfman1975 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

If Maymon hasn't recovered by Monday, expect to announcement of minor surgery in April or May. Shouldn't take 3 weeks for a bruise. No, I'm not a doctor. JMHO

Did you stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Uhhhh remember Taber Spani knee bruise ? Not correcting just reminding....

A sobering thought for sure. Many would say Spani still isn't right after her injury a couple of months ago. It would be a major blow to the Vols if Maymon either can't play or isn't 100% on Monday. He is the spiritual leader of this team, a vital cog on both offense and defense. The shooters are going to have to be ON and Stokes must grow up FAST. The other posts are going to have to play over their heads if the Vols are to pull this one out. Until I hear different, I will be VERY concerned.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I hope he's well, I hate for UT to have more excuses when they lose to Little Middle.

"Excuses"? You're pathetic. Think Vandy would be nearly as good without Ezeli? They weren't when he was out earlier in the year. Think UK would be as good without Davis or Jones? Probably not. Look how Syracuse struggled against UNC-Asheville without Melo at center. Maymon is at least as important to the Vols as those guys are to their teams. If Maymon can't go, that would be a REASON if they lose that game. After all, didn't you pick MTSU to win even assuming Maymon WOULD play?

johnlg00 writes:

in response to makelemonade:

Good comment. Alot of people don't realize that UT beat a good team Tuesday night. Savannah St won the MEAC regular season. The MEAC Conference of Norfolk St who beat #2 seed Missouri today. People blow off lots of these lesser known teams because they're not on tv every week. The truth is, there's so many excellent young players coming out of high school these days that there's not enough room for them all on the major college teams. They have to end up somewhere and that's how the George Masons, VCUs, etc. come about.

Also a good comment. Further proof that the "star" ratings of recruits aren't the last word on how a good a college player a given HS player will be. How many highly-rated recruits do you think Lehigh had? How many 5-stars did St. Louis have when they beat--I have to laugh--Memphis? And of course your comment about Norfolk St. speaks for itself. It's not about how good outside observers THINK you are, it's about how well you PLAY, and a HS rep doesn't have anything to do with that.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Another prediction from the amateur handicrapper? You'd think you wouldn't have the nerve to come on here with a prediction any more. If you are truly a pro handicapper, you must be a really poor one.

VolLifer,

You are correct about the troll. He doesn't care if he's never right.

Instead, he just settles for any attention he can get.

If the KNS ever had a troll/poll.......you'd have to give this one a place at the top.

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