WATCH: Barnes Talks Vols’ Dominant Win Over USC Upstate

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    In its last buy game of the 2021-22 season, Tennessee dominated USC Upstate 96-52.

    The Vols jumped out to a 13-0 lead and led by 27-points at halftime as they outmatched the Spartans in every facet of the game. Fifteen players scored for Tennessee in the game and freshmen Quentin Diboundje and Jahmai Mashack both played double digit minutes.

    “I do think we were efficient,” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said. “When you sub as much as we did sometimes it can get sloppy but for the most part I thought our guys did a great job of staying in their framework of what we were trying to do. Really working hard at trying to take advantage of the minutes they had on the court.”

    Kennedy Chandler recorded the first double-double of his career, totaling 15 points and 10 assists in 25 minutes of action.

    Chandler’s strong passing led to an abundance of good looks for Tennessee’s big men. The Vols front court had perhaps their best offensive night of the season, combining for 49 points in the win.

    “We need our front court to give us the balance you all have asked me about,” Barnes said. “To get it we have to be productive. If we can continue to throw them the ball more where they can do something with it and they go to work with it I do think some good things will happen for all of us.”

    Barnes also discussed the future of Tennessee’s rivalry with Memphis, the challenging upcoming schedule and why Brandon Huntley-Hatfield was the first Vol off the bench.

    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.