Memphis could be without starter Tarik Black for Vols

Memphis forward Tarik Black (10) reaches for a loose ball against Tennessee defenders Kenny Hall (20), Jeronne Maymon (34) and Cameron Tatum, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn.

Photo by Lance Murphey, Associated Press

Memphis forward Tarik Black (10) reaches for a loose ball against Tennessee defenders Kenny Hall (20), Jeronne Maymon (34) and Cameron Tatum, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn.

MEMPHIS - As the University of Memphis ran sprints Tuesday to close out its first practice in preparation for Friday's road game at rival Tennessee, junior forward Tarik Black was doing push-ups on the sideline.

Unable to run full speed because of a groin injury that's kept him out of Memphis's last two games, Black did conditioning work Tuesday while his teammates prepared for the Vols (8-3), who have won five of their last six against the Tigers (9-3) in Knoxville.

On Saturday, it had appeared Black, the team's second-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder, might be close to returning. Though he was clearly slowed by the injury, which he suffered last week in practice, he was a full participant in Saturday's practice before being held out of the Tigers' 78-64 win Sunday over Loyola (Md.).

Coach Josh Pastner said after practice Tuesday the plan is to have Black see team doctors Wednesday morning to "double- and triple-check" that the injury is just a strain and not a pull. If X-rays are negative, Pastner said that he expects Black will return by the Tigers home game next Wednesday against ECU.

Continue reading at the Commercial Appeal

© 2013 govolsxtra.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 6

manning_berry_special_player1614 writes:

first go vols beat memphis

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Secondly Beat the blue tiggers.

born2ride writes:

Bruce Pearl owned Memphis.

johnlg00 writes:

Although Black has never hurt the Vols that much in previous years, he seemed to be playing better so far this year. I hope the Vols plan to pound it inside against the Tigers, whoever they have to play inside Friday. That goes for both post-ups and drives. It will put more pressure on Memphis' thinner frontcourt and keep their guards from trying to leak out on the fast break. If the Tigers can't run or rebound, the Vols should handle them with relative ease. I sincerely hope the Vols don't take more than 10 3-pointers in the whole game, and shoot 20 or more free-throws instead.

UTMaster04 writes:

Memphis will go small. They got killed on the boards in its last game because of it. The Vols should likewise take advantage.

iowavol writes:

in response to born2ride:

Bruce Pearl owned Memphis.

You got that right. Go Vols. Pearl was the last coach Calipari wanted to see.

Want to participate in the conversation? Become a subscriber today. Subscribers can read and comment on any story, anytime. Non-subscribers will only be able to view comments on select stories.

Features