Tennessee got a huge win on Saturday night at Thompson-Boling Arena, ending a two game skid and grabbing their first conference win in the process. That win just so happened to be the third straight home win over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Here’s what Rick Barnes had to say after the win.
- “Hopefully this is going to get John Fulkerson jumpstarted. He can — and we need him to help us. He’s really good in the high post. When you really think about it, he missed 10 months. He’s still rehabbing to an extent. I told him walking through the tunnel — John, man you gotta help us. We need him to get back to getting eight or nine rebounds per game.”
- “James Daniel and Lamonte Turner played a huge part.”
- “The stat that jumped out to me was Admiral Schofield and Grant Williams with seven offensive rebounds. I don’t think they had any in the first half.”
- On the halftime speech: “Nothing special. Just what we normally do.”
- On the Auburn loss being a factor: “No. We’ve got to worry about ourselves. We didn’t do that the other night. We acted immature. We got our butts kicks. Tonight we had to go get our self-respect back.”
- “I’m really happy for the guys. They got it done.”
- “I thought Lamonte Turner really set a great tone for himself yesterday. We knew that Jordan Bone wouldn’t practice, but Lamonte came in and was really good in practice yesterday. He and James really carried us tonight.”
- “Our frontline got outplayed the other night, but they stood up tonight.”
- Barnes on his technical: “Honestly, I don’t know what I said. This is a tough game to officiate. I don’t think I was out of the box.”
- On how Kentucky is different: “They reminded me of my team. They’re not as big or as strong as players that he’s had in the past.”
- Barnes had high praise for Kentucky forward PJ Washington. He said the dynamic of the game changed once he exited with cramps. Coach Calipari agreed, saying “as soon as PJ left the game we had no shot. Every one of Tennessee’s players at that point was tougher than our guys. They just got manhandled by men.”
Tennessee returns to action on Tuesday night in Nashville against the Vanderbilt Commodores.