November, 2015

 

Tennessee recruiting class shores up point guard position

KNOXVILLE,TN - NOVEMBER 19, 2015 -  Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach Rick Barnes and Guard Kevin Punter #0 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Marshall Thundering Herd and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Andrew Bruckse/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has said many times this season that his team will have to fight and scrap for every win. Anyone who’s seen all four of the 3-1 Vols’ games would agree with that assessment. The reason the Vols can’t just show up and overpower any opponent is twofold: One, the lack of an experienced, mobile post player who can get easy baskets and defend the rim. And two, the lack of a pure point guard that can make teammates better with court awareness, blow-by quickness andRead More


Here’s what to look for in Rick Barnes’ first season at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE,TN - NOVEMBER 06, 2015 -  Tennessee Volunteers Head Coach Rick Barnes during the exhibition game between the Alabama Huntsville Chargers and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Craig Bisacre/Tennessee Athletics

Making predictions about how Tennessee’s basketball team might fare in Rick Barnes’ first season as coach is a risky proposition, given the small sample size of its work against outside competition. Basically, all we’ve got to go on is a closed scrimmage against Davidson from which few stats have emerged, and a slugfest against an outmanned Division II team that nevertheless managed to ring up 83 points and 51.5 percent second-half shooting against the Vols. Barnes isn’t going to settle for the 43.8 shooting his team surrendered against Alabama-Huntsville. HisRead More