Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s win over Florida

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following Tennessee’s 65-54 win over Florida on Sunday afternoon to discuss his team finishing the regular season on a high note going into the SEC Tournament.

    Barnes discussed the play of John Fulkerson, why Tennessee was able to turn it around after a slow start to the game, the Vols winning the rebounding battle, what it means to secure a double-bye in the SEC Tournament and much more. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On what changed after trailing by 14 in the first half:

    “I thought at the end of the first half defensively we started getting a little more locked in. I thought we started settling in a little bit. I wasn’t sure how we’d come out, I wasn’t sure how the timing would be once we got out against outside competition. I think the pace in the first half, even though we weren’t scoring, and guys turned down some shots. We’ve gone back and showed them so many times when they turn down shots that leads to turnovers that we normally have. Florida was aggressive to start with, and I thought we settled in with that and got aggressive ourselves trying to go beat it as opposed to just being content to get it in. It was a good win for us. We needed it. I think a week off, from an emotional standpoint for these guys, has helped them. We’ve got another week here and that’s going to be a little bit different, but we just have to see if we can use it to our advantage.”