Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s win over Kentucky

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    Vols head coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 11 Tennessee’s 82-71 win over Kentucky on Saturday night inside of Rupp Arena.

    Barnes discussed what changed for the Vols in the second half, the play of Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson, Tennessee’s early foul trouble, what it means to UT fans to have success over Kentucky, and much more. Here’s everything Barnes had to say about the Vols’ win over the Wildcats:

    On what changed with Jaden Springer and Keon Johnson in the second half:

    “Obviously we started the game with too many fouls early. Got ourselves in trouble there where we were trying to work that. What we did in the second half was what we were trying to get done in the first half. Trying to get going downhill, 94 feet. And I thought those guys got in a rhythm there where you could just feel that they had that attack mode. The last couple days in practice all we had talked about is run, run, run, run, run and get out in transition. Get easy baskets, try to get teams back on their heels as much as we can. But the second really, I thought a big key in the second half, I think the last six or seven minutes, Josiah (Jordan James) did a nice job on (Keion) Brooks, because he was having his way with us. We were getting stretched out too much.

    “I’m really proud of the guys. I thought second half they came out and, really, what I got onto them about at halftime, I said I want you guys to listen. I wasn’t very happy at halftime only because we weren’t listening when we were coming out of timeouts. Not doing the things we wanted to do. I said if you guys will listen, execute, we’ll give ourselves a chance. They did and I’m really proud of them for doing that.”