RTI Instant Reaction: Tennessee Unleashes The Three-Ball As Vols Win Big

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    The Tennessee Volunteers’ season-opener on Nov. 9. Photo by Rocky Top Insider.

    The Vols are back in action after taking down UT Martin in their season-opener on Tuesday night in Knoxville.

    Tennessee won by 28-points, 90-62, but the big story of the night was the Vols’ shooting from behind the arc. Freshman guard Kennedy Chandler was a perfect 4-for-4 from deep, while Santiago Vescovi knocked down six shots from three-point range. Former Auburn transfer Justin Powell added in three buckets from deep as well.

    However, from a defense perspective, it wasn’t the Vols’ hottest start. Tennessee did pick it up after the first half, but head coach Rick Barnes had several comments about the Vols’ defense after the game.

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    Below is RTI’s instant reaction video from Ric Butler and Ryan Schumpert after the Vols’ win on Tuesday night.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.