Tennessee shooting guard Santiago Vescovi is out for Tuesday night’s matchup against Mississippi State, KnoxNews’ Mike Wilson first reported and a Tennessee spokesperson confirmed to Rocky Top Insider Tuesday night.
Vescovi re-injured his left shoulder in Tennessee’s 63-56 loss against Kentucky Saturday. The All-SEC shooting guard seemingly injured his shooting shoulder diving on the ground for a loose ball in the first half of the loss but did return to the game, scoring 13 points in 32 minutes.
The senior shooting missed two games in December with a strained left shoulder and the recent injury stems from that.
Vescovi is one of the Vols top players and best offensive pieces, leading Tennessee with 12.9 points per game while adding 4.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
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The left-handed senior is perhaps Tennessee’s most important players, playing a team-high 31.5 minutes a game while being the leading offensive threat and a stout defender.
With Vescovi sidelined, Tyreke Key, Zakaiz Zeigler and Jahmai Mashack are all likely to see increased minutes.
Tip-off between Tennessee and Mississippi State at Humphrey Coliseum is at 7 p.m. ET. Tom Hart and Dane Bradshaw are on the call for ESPN2.