Tennessee Basketball Practice Highlights – Jan. 17

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    Following the loss to Kentucky on Saturday afternoon, the Tennessee basketball team was back on the Thompson-Boling Arena court on Monday morning. The Vols ran through practice as the team prepares to take on Vanderbilt on Tuesday night in Nashville.

    Tennessee moves to No. 24 in the rankings on Monday, meaning that the Vols will be in the Top 25 rankings for at least another week. The Vols dropped two spots after beating South Carolina at home and losing to Kentucky on the road.

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    After back-to-back Saturday SEC losses to LSU and Kentucky, Tennessee is entering soul-searching mode. While, yes, it is still early in the season, the Vols are at a critical crossroads. Tennessee has two Top 25 matchups in their next four games when they host No. 13 LSU and travel to No. 23 Texas. If Tennessee can’t put the offensive and defensive game plan together soon, the Vols could be looking at a major uphill battle in the month of February.

    Tennessee will play Vanderbilt in Nashville on Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

    Below is the video footage and highlights from the opening section of the Tennessee basketball practice on Monday morning in Knoxville.

    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.