Barnes says buyout likely kept him from taking UCLA job

Sports 04/16/19, 18:23

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes believes he would be settling in as UCLA's coach right about now if buyout negotiations hadn't broken down.Barnes' contract requires Tennessee to receive approximately $5 million if he leaves for another job with five years remaining on his deal.An agreement couldn't be worked out. Tennessee announced ...

Georgia State hires Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier as coach

Basketball 04/05/19, 12:17

Georgia State hired Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier on Friday to replace Ron Hunter as its basketball coach. Lanier was associate head coach for the Vols the last four seasons following four years with the same title on coach Rick Barnes' staff at Texas. Tennessee advanced to the Sweet 16 of this ...

Once top-ranked Vols stagger into SEC tourney as 3 seed

Basketball 03/11/19, 14:14

Tennessee has fallen, but that doesn't mean the Volunteers can't get back up and win the Southeastern Conference Tournament.Rick Barnes knows what his once top-ranked basketball team needs to do — or not to do."Too many turnovers, shot-clock violations, you name it, that led to easy baskets," the Volunteers coach ...

No. 5 Tennessee has chance to accomplish several milestones

Basketball 03/04/19, 14:21

Tennessee never has earned back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament or a spot in the Final Four.Yet all three of those milestones are within reach for the fifth-ranked Volunteers as they head into the final week of the regular season."They started out about a ...

Bone’s big game helps No. 7 Vols beat No. 4 Kentucky 71-52

Sports 03/02/19, 16:31

Jordan Bone scored a career-high 27 points and No. 7 Tennessee beat No. 4 Kentucky 71-52 on Saturday to maintain its home-court dominance and snap the Wildcats' four-game winning streak.Tennessee (26-3, 14-2 SEC) earned its 25th straight home victory to remain tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with ...

No. 1 Tennessee beats Florida 73-61 for 18th straight win

Sports 02/09/19, 18:17

Grant Williams scored 16 points as No. 1 Tennessee defeated Florida 73-61 on Saturday to complete a season sweep of the Gators and extend its school-record winning streak to 18 games.Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) owns the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. This also marks the biggest ...

No. 1 Tennessee winning big without heralded recruits

Basketball 02/07/19, 16:27

The top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are winning without any top-100 recruits on their roster.They have blossomed into national contenders, winning 17 straight games — the longest active winning streak of any Division I team."There's some programs around the country that could never get by with recruiting the class that we brought ...

No. 1 Tennessee beats Missouri 72-60 for 17th straight win

Sports 02/05/19, 23:13

Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams scored 13 points each as No. 1 Tennessee defeated Missouri 72-60 on Tuesday night to extend its school-record winning streak to 17 games.Tennessee (21-1, 9-0 SEC) has the longest active winning streak of any Division I team. This latest victory also enabled Rick Barnes to ...

Tennessee faces similar test from last No. 1 ranking

Basketball 01/22/19, 02:59

Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day.Back at No. 1 for the first time in 11 years, the Vols face a similar situation.On Wednesday, they again play Vanderbilt right after becoming the nation's top-ranked team, this time hoping for a different outcome and a long stint at No. ...

No. 3 Vols trounce Tennessee Tech 96-53 for 7th straight win

Sports 12/29/18, 16:49

Tennessee heads into Southeastern Conference competition riding a winning streak.Grant Williams scored 25 points and went 10 of 11 from the floor as the third-ranked Volunteers trounced Tennessee Tech 96-53 on Saturday for their seventh straight overall victory and 16th consecutive home win.It's the final nonconference tuneup for Tennessee (11-1) ...

No. 3 Vols trounce Wake Forest 83-64 for 6th straight win

Sports 12/22/18, 17:07

Grant Williams' knack for making baskets while drawing contact keeps paying dividends for Tennessee.Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee trounced Wake Forest 83-64 on Saturday for its sixth consecutive victory. The Southeastern Conference scoring leader converted a trio of three-point plays in the first 14½ ...

Rebuilding Memphis, No. 3 Tennessee renew basketball rivalry

Basketball 12/14/18, 12:20

This is the stage Penny Hardaway wants at Memphis.Excitement, anticipation and a sell-out crowd for the biggest game the Tigers have played in years. That's the setting for Saturday's showdown with No. 3 Tennessee after a nearly six-year break in the series."I can feel that the fans want this game ...

No. 7 Tennessee gets 2nd chance vs elite foe in Gonzaga

Basketball 12/07/18, 15:06

Tennessee wants to capitalize on a second chance to beat an elite opponent as the Volunteers adapt to the higher expectations accompanying their Top 10 ranking.The seventh-ranked Vols (6-1) let a golden opportunity slip away two weeks ago when they squandered a second-half lead in an 87-81 overtime loss to ...

No. 5 Tennessee tops Louisville in NIT Season Tip-Off

Sports 11/21/18, 19:19

Grant Williams scored 24 points and No. 5 Tennessee had five players In double figures to beat Louisville 92-81 in the first semifinal of the NIT Season Tip-Off on Wednesday night.Tennessee's John Fulkerson (10) dunks the ball in front of Louisville's Akoy Agau (0) during the first half of an ...

No. 6 Tennessee breezes past Lenoir-Rhyne 86-41 in opener

Basketball 11/06/18, 23:55

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes used to walk down the railroad tracks with his brother and sneak into the gym to watch Lenoir-Rhyne basketball games when he was a kid.Barnes returned the favor on Tuesday night by welcoming the Bears to his new home at Thompson-Boling Arena, but he didn't show ...

No. 6 Tennessee boasts highest preseason ranking ever

Basketball 10/24/18, 13:54

Tennessee is entering unfamiliar territory.After winning a share of the Southeastern Conference title and emerging as one of the nation's biggest surprises last year, Tennessee opens this season ranked sixth in the Top 25 . That represents the Volunteers' highest preseason ranking ever."I think it's good when people know you're ...

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