Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s win over Georgia

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media on Wednesday night following No. 16 Tennessee’s 89-81 win over Georgia inside of Thompson-Boling Arena to discuss what went well for his team.

    Barnes discussed the play of Jaden Springer, Keon Johnson’s spectacular dunk, Tennessee’s turnover issues and play in transition, the health of Yves Pons, how important Josiah-Jordan James is, playing LSU this Saturday, and much more. Here’s everything Barnes said about the Vols’ win over the Bulldogs:

    On Tennessee not closing out Georgia because of turnovers:

    “It is frustrating, but I think you have to give Georgia credit. They got up there and they got their hand on it and would break it loose. But we did not make an adjustment when we went to our drive game. We said you’re not going to be able to drive and spin back and toss the ball like that. But it’s the ones out front where you’re just standing very casual with the ball, and they break it loose and go down and get those. But I think you have to give Georgia credit for that; they got aggressive and they took the ball from us in those situations. So you have to give them credit for that, but otherwise, there were a lot of good things tonight. A lot of guys had some heavy minutes, and maybe fatigue had a little bit to do with it I do not know. Jaden (Springer) I think played the most minutes that he played in his collegiate career. He had a nice night, and Josiah (James) had a lot of good things.

    “But what you said the frustration part is the turnovers. Our three guards had 14 of those turnovers. That’s the frustrating part, but otherwise, it’s never going to be easy. Games are never going to be easy when you play anybody in this league. When they are down, they are not going to stop playing. It is a long time over 40 minutes, but we can’t give up 55 points in the second half. And some of those we had no defense for because of the turnovers.”