As Vols prepare for LSU trip, Cuonzo Martin expects Robert Hubbs to be ready

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin calls to players from the sideline during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Tennessee lost to North Carolina State 65-58. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin calls to players from the sideline during the second half at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Tennessee lost to North Carolina State 65-58. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee freshman guard Robert Hubbs, who has battled a persistent shoulder injury, should be on the court when the Vols open SEC play Tuesday night.

The Vols (9-4) will face the LSU Tigers (9-3) at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.)

Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said there were “no signs” that Hubbs wouldn’t play against LSU. The highly rated freshman didn’t play in Tennessee’s blowout win over Tusculum last Saturday.

"He's fine. He practiced yesterday,” Martin said Monday during his weekly luncheon with media. “There was not a lot of contact, but the little contact we did do, he was fine."

LSU is coming off a disappointing home loss to Rhode Island. Tennessee has won four its last five SEC road games.

"The rim's still the same. It's just a different building. Our approach doesn't change,” Martin said.

The Vols have won five consecutive games against LSU, including three in a row in Baton Rouge.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee athletics. Follow him on Twitter.

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johnlg00 writes:

Can't say I knew the Vols had been so successful down there lately. I seem to recall a couple of real nail-biters in recent years, though. The odds are against Hubbs making an important contribution at Baton Rouge. At most, it may make LSU think the Vols think that Hubbs IS ready to go off, whether he really is or not. There is no real reason why a team should plan to play UT differently depending on whether Hubbs is available or not.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

I am with you, I don't think Coach Martin is saying he is ready to make LSU game plan for him since he has been below average. I believe Coach Martin really sees something in this guy. I hope he gets out of his funk real soon. I am looking for the five star player to come out.

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