Leg injuries sideline UT men's basketball players Antonio Barton, Armani Moore

Tennessee's Antonio Barton waits to give interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee's Antonio Barton waits to give interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Antonio Barton

Antonio Barton

Tennessee men’s basketball point guard Antonio Barton did not practice Monday due to a left leg injury sustained in last Friday’s practice, a UT spokesman said. Barton’s injury has been classified as day to day.

Barton received treatment Monday before watching the end of practice from the sideline. He wore street clothes and a black walking boot on his left foot. The senior who transferred to UT this summer after graduating from Memphis is expected to start for the Vols.

Sophomore guard Armani Moore exited practice early after he fell hard during a drive to the rim. The extent of his lower left leg injury is not yet known, a team spokesman said.

Tennessee plays Division II Florida Southern in its first exhibition game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Thompson-Boling Arena. Freshman point guard Darius Thompson will be the most likely candidate to fill Barton’s role if he is unavailable.

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johnlg00 writes:

No need to rush either of those guys back into action Saturday if they are not 100%. I love what I have been reading about Thompson's potential at PG, but the Vols need a completely healthy and productive Barton to really separate themselves from the competition. I have also been a big fan of Moore, who supplies energy and toughness in reserve and is said to have made great strides as a shooter, but the Vols are comparatively loaded at the wings. They need to hit the ground running when the real competition comes up, since slow starts have sabotaged their NCAA hopes the last two years, leaving them too much ground to make up in the late going.

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