Everything Rick Barnes said after No. 7 Vols’ win over No. 12 Mizzou

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    No. 7 Tennessee defeated No. 12 Missouri 73-53 on Wednesday night in Colombia to begin conference play in the win column.

    Barnes discussed Yves Pons’ great performance, Tennessee’s fast start, UT’s half-court defense against Missouri’s half-court offense, if his team has a killer instinct and Tennessee only taking seven three-point shots.

    Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On if he was surprised by how locked in Tennessee was to begin the game:

    “I don’t know if I would say surprised. But when you go on the road for the first time with some young players, a new team every year — against a team you have great respect for, that you know is going to fight and make it hard for you every bounce, every pass — we were pleased. I do think that overall our guys did a terrific job sticking with the game plan. (Missouri) made some adjustments. Then we had to make some adjustments too, for the way we had been playing defense and do what we did tonight, we’re proud of our guys for doing it. It was a nice win for us. But we can get better and we’re going to have to get better.”