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Antonio Barton’s injury not too severe

Sports Reporter

Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 22:11

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Casey Minkin

Sophomore guard Antonio Barton averages 6.9 points per game and is second on the team in three-point shooting.

Tiger Nation took a collective sigh of relief yesterday morning after receiving word that sophomore guard Antonio Barton's injury is not as severe as originally thought.

Barton left Tuesday's game against UCF after picking up the injury at the end of the first half. While the coaches initially thought it was a broken foot, an MRI and X-Rays early Wednesday showed that Barton sustained a bone bruise and a mid-foot sprain.

This news comes as a relief to a Memphis team that has already had to deal with injuries this season. The Tigers lost freshman wing Adonis Thomas on Jan. 11 due to an ankle injury and senior guard Charles Carmouche to knee tendinitis.

Pastner said Barton may play when the Conference USA Tournament begins next Thursday at the FedExForum, but have listed him as doubtful for Saturday's game at Tulsa.

Barton has started the last 19 games for a Memphis squad that finds it battling for a spot in March's NCAA Tournament. For the season, Barton averages 6.9 points per game to go along with 2.9 rebounds and is the Tigers second-most accurate shooter from downtown at 41.2 percent.

A win Saturday at Tulsa will give the Tigers the outright C-USA regular season title. Tipoff is set for 11 a.m.

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