Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s loss to Kentucky

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 19 Tennessee’s 70-55 win over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon inside of Thompson-Boling Arena.Barnes discussed why this team is so inconsistent, what went wrong in the game, the health of Josiah-Jordan James, Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer’s performance, how this team handles adversity and much more. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On how inconsistent this team is:

    “I did not think we had great mental preparation yesterday getting ready for the game. First half of the game, I did not think we defended the way we are capable of. You have to give them credit. They made shots. But I also thought they got comfortable. We had a couple too many defensive lapses with the wrong guys, transitions threes and giving up too much separation. You have to give them credit. They shot the ball well in the first half. Do I think it let them get comfortable? I do. Then we got behind. I thought we got a little anxious. We have played against teams all year that have played gap defense. We knew full well that would be the adjustment they would make. They were going to get more in the gaps. If you don’t get stops, you are not going to be able to get out in transition as much. They are making baskets, they are going to be able to get back and get their defense set.