Everything Rick Barnes said about the Vols’ win over Tennessee Tech

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 10 Tennessee’s 103-49 win over Tennessee Tech on Friday night inside of Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Barnes discussed his team’s performance, the play of true freshman Jaden Springer, playing Josiah-Jordan James at the four, John Fulkerson’s presence, getting Yves Pons going offensively and how Springer and Keon Johnson have handled coming off the bench.

    Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On the performance of freshman guard Jaden Springer:

    “He was terrific. I thought he really played within himself. He had a great feel for what he was looking for. Taking care of the ball was huge. His assists were terrific. Jaden really understands where he wants to get the ball for himself. He obviously is a very good finisher, midrange, close to the basket, he is great at that. He has worked really hard on his 3-point shot. I thought he showed great balance. Defensively, he continues to get better overall there. We know he can guard the ball. I just though he was terrific all the way around tonight.”