Tennessee Coach Rick Barnes Previews The Maui Invitational
Freddie Dilione V has been dominated out for No. 7 Tennessee within the Maui Invitational this week as a consequence of a partial tear of his left plantar fascia. The redshirt freshman guard was injured within the first half Tuesday within the win over Wofford at Thompson-Boling Area.
Tennessee (3-0) introduced Dilione’s harm standing earlier than going through Syracuse (3-0) within the first spherical of the Maui Invitational (2:30 p.m. Japanese Time, ESPN2) at Stan Sheriff Heart in Honolulu.
Head coach Rick Barnes spoke to reporters Friday evening however didn’t have a transparent replace or timetable for the return of Dilione.
“What I heard is partial tear in his plantar (fascia) down there,” Barnes mentioned throughout a Zoom press convention. “However I haven’t even requested about schedule but. I feel it varies on the diploma that it’s partially torn. Apart from that, I don’t know what to inform you. That’s what I keep in mind them telling me about it.”
The Vols will play three video games in three days throughout their keep within the Hawaii, going through both No. 2 Purdue or No. 11 Gonzaga on Tuesday. The championship sport and comfort video games will happen on Wednesday.
Barnes mentioned the timeline for Dilione will rely upon what progress is made following the outcomes from the MRI carried out Wednesday morning. The Vols flew to Honolulu on Thursday and held their first observe their on Friday.
“He’d been having some issues with it and he was attempting to push by way of each factor he may,” Barnes mentioned. “Throughout the (Wofford) sport he simply mentioned he felt one thing pop and he partially tore it.”
Freddie Dilione V exited within the first half in opposition to Wofford on Tuesday
Dilione didn’t play within the second half Tuesday evening in opposition to Wofford after exiting with a limp within the first half. He performed two minutes in No. 7 Tennessee 82-61 win earlier than leaving the sport.
Barnes mentioned Tuesday after the sport that Dilione instructed Tennessee staffers that he felt a pop in his foot.
“His arches have been hurting him,” Barnes mentioned throughout his postgame press convention Tuesday evening, “and he simply mentioned he felt like one thing popped and we truly had a MRI scheduled for tomorrow morning anyway so it comes at a great time. He’ll be capable of get it (MRI) early within the morning and we’ll see.”
Dilione was scoreless in three minutes within the 80-70 win at Wisconsin final week. He didn’t play within the sport within the second half. He had seven factors in 16 minutes in opposition to Tennessee Tech final week within the season-opening win over Tennessee Tech, going 3-for-5 from the sphere with three rebounds and three assists.
Up Subsequent: No. 7 Tennessee vs. Syracuse, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
Dilione was a four-star prospect within the 2023 recruiting class out of Phrase of God Christian Academy in Fayetteville, N.C. He’s was ranked No. 44 general prospect nationally in accordance with the On3 Business Rating. He was ranked No. 3 amongst taking pictures guards and No. 1 within the state of North Carolina.
He completed his highschool profession in January, leaving to enroll early in Knoxville to start out his profession at Tennessee.
Throughout Tennessee’s three exhibition video games in Italy in August, Dilione performed 66 minutes, 19 seconds. He scored 33 factors and had 16 assists to go along with seven steals and 6 turnovers. He went 13-for-33 from the sphere, 3-for-13 from the 3-point line and 4-for-6 on the free-throw line.
No. 7 Tennessee, Syracuse, No. 2 Purdue and No. 11 Gonzaga make up one half of a loaded Maui bracket, with No. 1 Kansas, No. 4 Marquette, UCLA and Chaminade on the opposite facet.
One other street check awaits Tennessee after the Hawaii journey, with a sport at North Carolina on November 29 within the first version of the ACC-SEC Problem. It’s a 7:15 p.m. ET begin on ESPN on the Dean Smith Heart in Chapel Hill.