WATCH: Barnes Talks 40-Point Win Over UNC Greensboro

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    Tennessee bounced back from its second loss of the season, dominating UNC Greensboro, 76-36, at Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday afternoon.

    The Vols defense completely hounded the Spartans holding them 32 points under their season average. Tennessee suffocated UNC Greensboro, forcing 25 turnovers and holding the Spartans to .590 points per possession.

    “The fact is, we got a group of guys that understand,” Barnes said. “They are taking pride in the fact that they want to be a really gooddefensive team. We know, to do that we need to be a good offensive team. If you’re not good on offense, it really puts the pressure on the defense. If you turn the ball over a lot … The fact that we didn’t turn it over very much today. It allows us to get our defense set. The biggest thing is the mindset going in. These guys have done a good job of preparation.”

    After an abysmal shooting performance in Tuesday’s loss to Texas Tech, the Vols turned in a solid performance. Tennessee shot 37% from beyond the arc while Josiah Jordan James had his best game of the young season, making four triples.

    Barnes discussed his team and James better shooting performance, the strong play of Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and whether he’s been surprised by how good the Vols defense has been.

    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.