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