Everything Rick Barnes said after loss to Alabama in SEC Tourney

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following Tennessee’s 73-68 loss to top-seeded Alabama in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament on Saturday afternoon.Barnes discussed the mood of the team following Tennessee’s loss, Davonte Gaines’ missed free throws, UT’s turnover issues, what’s next for the Vols, that status of John Fulkerson, what allowed Alabama to come from behind and much more. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    On Davonte Gaines’ defense at the end of the game and missing two free throws:

    “Just what you would think. We put him in to do the job and he did the job. He played great post defense. Came up with a big rebound. We knew exactly what they were going to do. We knew the other matchups we wanted to have. We knew he would fight his heart out. We knew he would guard him, absolutely he would guard Herb Jones. He did probably four different times in that one possession. He came up with it. We all feel bad for him he didn’t knock those down, would have given us a chance to take the lead. But I’m proud of him because he did the job that we asked him to go in there and do. His hard work and determination got us that possession. Tough situation  to put anybody in when they haven’t played. That’s how much confidence we have in him. He’s so loved by his teammates, everyone is hurting for him. Yet I’m proud of him because he did the job we needed done. Again, we knew exactly what they were going to do. He went in and he shut it down.”