Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s loss to Auburn

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 25 Tennessee’s 77-72 loss to discuss what went wrong for his basketball team on the Plains.

    Barnes discussed Tennessee’s lack of energy, the week off prior to their next game against Florida next Sunday, not getting to the free throw line, why issues aren’t getting fixed and the freshmen having more mental toughness than the veteran players. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On what he thought of Tennessee’s energy against Auburn:

    “We’ve got three guys that really brought energy today. I mean, Jaden (Springer) has been fighting a cold. But I thought he and Keon (Johnson) and Yves (Pons) both, all three of those guys, I thought did exactly what we like for them to do. Other than that, I would say not so much. Whether it’s energy or lack of confidence — when you’re not playing with confidence, I think it can drain you a little bit. But the bottom line is right now we don’t have a post game. That’s something that we’ve always had at Tennessee. Even in my first year we found a way to get somebody that could score around the rim. We don’t have that right now consistently. So much of it is being put back on the freshmen. It shouldn’t be that. When we need VJ Bailey, we need Josiah James, we need Santiago (Vescovi). We need those three guys playing, and John Fulkerson, at the level that they’re capable of. And we haven’t got all seven, eight guys doing that in a couple weeks.”