Everything Rick Barnes said about Sunday’s game against Florida

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media earlier this week to preview this Sunday’s game against Florida. Tennessee’s senior day holds significant meaning, as with a win over the Gators, UT would clinch a double-bye in next week’s SEC Tournament.

    Barnes discussed not having a mid-week game this week and if that helped the team, trying to find an answer in the post, his conversations with John Fulkerson, the health of Josiah-Jordan James, if Keon Johnson has been working in the post, creating a chip on his team’s shoulder and much more. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On if not having a mid-week game is a good thing:

    “I think it’s probably good for us right now. We still have some guys that need to get healed up a little bit. They’ve been in here the last couple days trying to work with Chad and G on those type of things. So, from that standpoint it’s been good for us.”

    On trying to find answers in the post:

    “I still believe in John Fulkerson, I do. I know that he’s still trying to put the work in to do what he needs to do, and he’s still a big part of this. I’ve seen a lot of things in my lifetime in this business. I’ve seen guys struggle, then all at once the light clicks back on. I’ve seen guys rolling, and then the light goes off. I just don’t think you can quit on people that put everything they’ve had into the program. I just believe in him, and that doesn’t mean we won’t have some adjustments that we have to make here or there, but you do that every game, and that goes on in every single game. I just know that Fulky is trying to do what he can to get it going, and I believe that he can do it. So, that’s how I feel about it.”