Everything Rick Barnes said after Tennessee’s win over Vanderbilt

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 10 Tennessee’s 81-61 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night inside of Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Barnes discussed what his team did well in the 20-point win, slowing down Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr., the play of Keon Johnson, the lineup he used to closeout the game with, John Fulkerson missing practice this week and much more.

    Here’s everything Barnes had to say following Tennessee’s win:

    On what practice looked like this week after Tuesday’s game against Vanderbilt in Nashville was postponed:

    “The thing that happened with practice, when we got back on Tuesday, we did come in and, considering we had bussed three hours back, we had a good practice. It was good. Our guys were excited about it. I actually had made comment that I wish we would’ve gotten to play because I thought we had a really good bounce that day to us. And Wednesday was our day off. We came back Thursday and again had a good practice. John Fulkerson had missed all of that because of having his wisdom teeth taken out. I thought it really allowed Olivier (Nkamhoua) and EJ (Anosike) — then Uros (Plavsic) ends up turning his ankle during that time — it allowed us to play with that smaller lineup a little bit more. I thought that part of it was really good. We came back yesterday, to be honest with you, we didn’t have a great practice. I told Fulky we’re not going to get bogged down trying to get the ball down there, force the ball down there. He’s going to have to pickup the speed that we want to play with. I thought today he did a pretty good job of that. He got winded. There’s no doubt he was winded. Yesterday we obviously didn’t have a long workout, being the day before the game.