The status of Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox remains uncertain for Tuesday night's game at Tennessee.
Fox, who suffered a minor injury midway through the first half of Saturday's win over South Carolina, was wearing a protective boot on bench for the remainder of the game. He was not wearing the device Monday afternoon and appeared to be getting taped for UK's practice at the Craft Center.
“Don’t know yet," said UK assistant coach Kenny Payne when asked about the situation prior to Monday's practice. "I think he’s day-to-day. Waiting to hear. That’s all I’ve got on him.”
No. 4 Kentucky (17-2, 7-0 SEC) travels to Knoxville on Tuesday to face the inconsistent but dangerous Volunteers (10-9, 3-4 SEC). On a good day, Tennessee has shown the ability to play with ranked teams like Wisconsin, Oregon, Gonzaga and North Carolina. Rick Barnes' squad didn't win any of those games, but the average margin of defeat was only six points.
With the Vols holding home court advantage in this matchup, Fox's presence could be key.
Asked how much it means to UK, Payne said: "A lot. I think you saw a little bit of the adjustment that we had to make (against South Carolina). We went through a spell where, without him, we were a little confused and discombobulated. But we got it together, which is a great sign of a good team that – with any missing piece – can win games."
The Cats got five points and seven assists from senior backup Dominique Hawkins in the 85-69 win over South Carolina. That helped compensate for a scoreless game from Isaiah Briscoe, who also committed seven turnovers.
Fox, a freshman from Houston, was on Monday named to the Oscar Robertson Award midseason watch list. He is averaging 16.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
Kentucky has another key game looming with No. 2 Kansas on Saturday at Rupp Arena.