Everything Rick Barnes said about Vols’ SEC-opener against Missouri

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following Monday’s practice to preview Wednesday’s SEC-opener against Missouri.

    Barnes discussed how prepared the Vols are for the beginning of conference play, what Missouri does well, beginning conference play with their first road of the season, why Josiah-Jordan James is Tennessee’s most consistent player and much more.

    Here’s everything Barnes had to say about Tennessee’s upcoming game against Cuonzo Martin’s Tigers:

    On beginning conference play with their first road game of the season:

    “It’s something I don’t think is ideal, which is why it was hard when we lost the game at Notre Dame and those neutral site games that would be different. This is not the way it usually is, it’s an unusual year as we all know. I’m sure it’s happened to some other teams, I don’t know because I haven’t looked around at everybody’s schedule nationally. It’s not the ideal thing we would have liked to had with the way our preseason went, but with that said, it is here and we have to be ready to go play against a very good Missouri basketball team.”