Everything Rick Barnes said about Tennessee’s loss to Oregon State

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    Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media on Friday afternoon following Tennessee’s 70-56 loss to Oregon State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to discuss what went wrong with his basketball team. Here’s everything Barnes had to say:

    Opening statement:

    “Congratulations to Oregon State. They played a good basketball game. Just sorry that we didn’t give them more competition, really. I just told our team it was disappointing in the way we started out. They had an inside game and we didn’t get a chance. We didn’t do what we have to do to stop that. And we had no inside game. They were certainly packed back in there, wanting us, daring us to take threes, take shots. We had some looks, they didn’t go down. Didn’t get much on the offensive boards, the way we needed to. Overall, again, give them credit for it. Again, disappointed that I didn’t think we played our best basketball. It’s hard to play this game when the ball is not going in and when you don’t have an inside presence.”