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WATCH: Tennessee HC Rick Barnes Reacts to Win Over Eastern Kentucky at Home

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Tennessee HC Rick Barnes. Photo by Rocky Top Insider.

Behind the strength of a huge second half in Knoxville, the No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers soundly defeated Eastern Kentucky by a score of 84-49 in Thompson Boling Arena.

Veteran Tennessee guard Santiago Vescovi was absent for a second straight game due to injury as the Vols saw Julian Phillips, Olivier Nkamhoua, Uros Plavsic, Tyreke Key, and Jahmai Mashack in the starting lineup.

After the game, Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes met with the media to discuss his thoughts on the game. Barnes spoke about individual players such as Phillips and Key and also broke down his thoughts on the team as a whole. Barnes also talked about Tennessee’s defensive mindset and how there is always room to improve.

Key finished with a game-high 17 points, which was followed by a double-double from Phillips who had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Check out the full press conference from Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes after the win over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night in Knoxville.

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