‘The Show Is About To Begin’: Tennessee Basketball Releases 2021-22 Hype Video

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    Tennessee Basketball

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    Tennessee’s 2021-22 basketball season is less than 24 hours away as the Vols open their season Tuesday night against UT-Martin.

    The Vols went 18-9 (10-7 SEC) a season ago on their way to earning a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

    Tennessee started the COVID-19 riddled season well, climbing as high as No. 6 in the AP Poll before sputtering down the stretch and losing to Oregon State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

    Rick Barnes’ seventh Tennessee team is looking to bounce back with a plethora of new faces. The Vols signed the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class, bringing in seven prep prospects. Tennessee also brought in Auburn transfer Justin Powell.

    Barnes has been happy with the development and team camaraderie of his team ahead of Tennessee’s grueling non conference schedule.

    “Well, I think when you talk about chemistry, I think it starts with if there is a genuine love and likeness for each other,” Barnes said earlier this fall. “I do know this, this group likes each other. I know they like being together. They would tell you to the man that a year ago was really hard. We’ve done some team type of things whether it’s going to paintball or something like that. They would tell you how good that feels to them and how much they missed doing things as a team in the past year. That part of it has been fun.”

    Tennessee released its season hype video Monday night ahead of the season opener with UT-Martin.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.