During the Memphis Tigers practice Tuesday night at the FedExForum, junior guard Antonio Barton injured his left non-shooting hand. The injury appeared to happen during a one-on-one drill against junior teammate Joe Jackson.
On Wednesday, the Tigers program received good news that Barton’s hand was not broken after having an X-ray. Coach Josh Pastner reported that Barton only suffered a sprain and is expected to miss the next week of practice.
Last season, Barton started 19 games for the Tigers, averaging 21.9 minutes per game.
Memphis is dealing with other injuries, forcing the Tigers to be down to seven scholarship players for practice on Wednesday.
Junior forward Tarik Black is expected to be sidelined until Friday or Saturday with a pinched nerve in his lower back that he suffered while scoring from underneath the basket during practice Tuesday.
Dealing with minor hamstring injuries are sophomore forward Adonis Thomas and senior forward D.J. Stephens. Sophomore forward Hippolyte Tsafack sat out with a sore knee. Tsafack is still recovering from offseason surgery on the knee.
“We’ve been going long and hard (in practice), and with that there’s going to be some bumps and bruises,” Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “If we had a game (Thursday), Adonis could play. Tarik could play. Antonio could not. Hipp could play. D. J. would be a gametime decision.
Memphis scrimmages Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 3. The Tigers host Christian Brothers in an exhibition at FedExForum on Nov. 7 before opening the season Nov. 12 at home against North Florida.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery