Tennessee's Kevin Punter Jr. has stress fracture in foot

Tennessee guard Kevin Punter (0), center, sits on the bench with a leg brace with teammates Ray Kasongo (2) and Detrick Mostella (15), from left, during an NCAA college basketball game against LSU in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. Tennessee won 81-65. (Adam Lau/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Kevin Punter Jr. has a stress fracture in his right foot, which likely will force the Volunteers to continue playing without their top scorer.

Volunteers coach Rick Barnes announced the severity of Punter's injury Monday and described his status as ''day to day.'' Barnes said he doesn't expect Punter to play Wednesday at South Carolina (22-5, 9-5 SEC) but added that ''I've been fooled before.''

Punter already missed Tennessee's 81-65 victory over LSU on Saturday.

The 6-foot-2 senior averages 22.2 points per game for Tennessee (13-14, 6-8) and ranks 11th among all Division I players in scoring.

Barnes said Punter indicated his foot started hurting intermittently the last couple of weeks and that it felt worse Thursday when Tennessee warmed up before an 80-70 loss at Kentucky.