Vols Get First Test In Boilermakers

Tennessee will face its first test of the season Wednesday when it heads to the Bahamas to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which runs through this week on Paradise Island. The Vols play No. 18 Purdue at noon on Wednesday, a team which has been ranked in the top 25 for 40 consecutive…

Vols Defense Provides Another Shutout Stretch in 31-Point Win

Vols Cruise to 2-0 with Lengthy Defensive Strongholds For a team that returned the highest scoring freshman class in school history, Tennessee’s defense appears to be the most improved part of Rick Barnes’ team. Against Presbyterian, the Vols strung together 28 unanswered points. Tuesday versus High Point, back-to-back three-pointers from Lamonté Turner started Tennessee on…

Depth Gives Vols Hoops Enough to Win No Matter What

Rick Barnes feels his team could’ve made the NCAA Tournament last season, if not for late-season injuries. Leading scorer Robert Hubbs III battled a knee injury in conference play. He still earned the more minutes than any other player, but his field goal percentage dropped nine points in the final month. The season before, Kevin…

Vols Basketball: Toughness the Missing Element

It’s not lost on Rick Barnes that his roster is guard-heavy. Only three players stand taller than six foot eight inches. Last season’s best rebounder, Grant Williams, finished 14th in the SEC. Nearly every other school had a player averaging more rebounds per game. The team’s second best rebounder disappeared with Robert Hubbs III. Again…