October, 2015


Vols turn to Canadian connection to fortify frontcourt

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes works with young big men Kyle Alexander (11) and Ray Kasongo (2). (Tennessee

Length has been one of college basketball’s buzzwords the last few years, referring not necessarily just to height, but wingspan, all the better to close off passing lanes, block shots and keep quicker offensive players from getting where they want to go on the floor. So length is good, but tack a little modifier in front of it, and it’s even better. Athletic length. Not since the days of Isiah Victor and Marcus Haislip—both in the vicinity of 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds—about 15 years ago has Tennessee’s basketball program hadRead More

How Rick Barnes learned to love transition basketball

Armani Moore and Rick Barnes

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes looked like a college professor as he stood, remote control in hand, in front of the giant screen in the Vols’ film room on Monday. He was there to show the media the way his team will play this season, on both ends of the floor. But for more than an hour, Barnes concentrated on offense, to the exclusion of defense, which, in winning everywhere he’s been in a 27-year career as a head coach, had been his calling card. The 61-year-old Barnes hasn’t forsakenRead More