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Tennessee Starter Kyle Alexander Will Not Play Tonight

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes diagrams instructions in the huddle.

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 10: Rick Barnes the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers gives instructions to his team against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the semifinals of the 2018 SEC Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 10, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We're a couple of minutes from tipoff for the NCAA Tournament second round game between Tennessee and Loyola-Chicago.

The Vols are going to be without one of their starters.

Forward Kyle Alexander will not be playing this evening. He's suffering from a leg injury.

Starting in his place will be redshirt freshman forward John Fulkerson. It's his first start of the season.

Alexander injured his hip during the first-round win over Wright State.

“I had a little bit of a bone bruise on my hip and I’ve been with the trainers all day,” Alexander said on Friday. “I will continue to be with them to see how it goes.”

It's a significant loss for Tennessee. Alexander had started every game this season.

He was averaging 5.6 points and 5.6 rebounds a game.

Tennessee and Loyola are set to tip off in a couple of minutes. The game is on TNT.