I was neutral on the Rick Barnes hire, but he's been coaching his ass off this season. resurrected former five-star Robert Hubbs III, overcame the in-season dismissal of their 2nd best scorer, and has the freshman playing better every night. Vols have *no* size and are still staying competitive with pure tenacity.
Tennessee is inconsistent because they're young, but you can see the improvement and what's possible if they can put it all together.
6. "they've played a top five schedule" In response to Reply # 4
with a team predicted to finish 13th in the SEC. and they've been competitive in all but maybe two of those games.
Barnes could've wimped out and record-padded, but they don't beat Kentucky without the experience against Wisconsin, Oregon, UNC and Gonzaga. and they'll be better next year because of this season's lumps.
Cal gotta fix that defense tho. they looked horrible on that side of the ball.