Vols Forward Yves Pons Expected Back Against South Carolina After Suffering Facial Injury

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Rick Barnes expects Yves Pons to return from a one-game absence against South Carolina. The coach says the reserve swingman will have to wear a mask.

Pons suffered a facial injury while colliding with a teammate during practice. Barnes said Monday that Pons still has a little bit of swelling and would probably need to wear the mask for the next couple of weeks.

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Barnes says Pons would be held out of contact Monday but should play Wednesday against the Gamecocks as long as the mask is ready by then.

Pons didn’t play in a 73-61 triumph over Florida on Saturday that gave the top-ranked Volunteers (22-1, 10-0 SEC) their 18th straight victory.

The 6-foot-6 sophomore from France averages 3.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 15.7 minutes.

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