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Rick Barnes Updates Josiah-Jordan James’ Status

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On Saturday, Tennessee’s men’s basketball team played their first game of the season without freshman Josiah-Jordan James in the lineup. The former five-star has been struggling with a re-aggravated injury from back in the fall, and head coach Rick Barnes held out the freshman for the Vols’ Saturday road contest against Mississippi State.

In James’ place, redshirt freshman center Uros Plavsic earned his first-career start, and he impressed, scoring a career-high 16 points while grabbing three rebounds and dishing out two assists in a career-high 27 minutes.

Will James be back out on the court for the Vols on Tuesday night when they face Alabama on the road? Rick Barnes called James “day-to-day” when meeting with the media on Monday and said the plan is to start Plavsic again if James cannot play.

Barnes talked about James and Plavsic, looked back at the Vols’ loss to Mississippi State, discussed UT’s upcoming road match-up with Alabama, and much more.

You can hear everything Barnes had to say here:

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