KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored 16 points to lead No. 13 Tennessee to a 76-40 victory over McNeese on Wednesday night.
The Volunteers (6-1) won their fifth straight game and their first since winning the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee's players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Tennessee has twice played without its leading scorer at the Battle 4 Atlantis. It hasn't stopped the 22nd-ranked Volunteers from reaching the championship game.
Julian Phillips scored a season-high 25 points to help Tennessee hold off Southern California 73-66 in overtime in Thursday's semifinals, setting up a matchup with third-ranked and reigning national champion Kansas for the title.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Rick Barnes believes his Tennessee squad is a good offensive team, even if the 22nd-ranked Volunteers haven't consistently shown it yet during the opening weeks of the season.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olivier Nkamhoua and Josiah-Jordan James each scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Tennessee to a 81-50 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday night.
“We focused on learning a tough loss the hard way,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes.
Tennessee finally ended a decades-long drought last season. Coach Rick Barnes just might have a better team this time around trying to do something that the Volunteers have never managed.
Final Four, anyone?
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The 22nd-ranked Michigan basketball team has three Howards this season.
Juwan Howard is entering his fourth season as coach, and his first with two sons on the roster.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has signed forward Julian Phillips, the fourth high school All-American and seventh five-star prospect to join the Volunteers under men's basketball coach Rick Barnes.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler has declared for the NBA draft and is signing with an agent after his freshman season with the Volunteers.
Chandler announced his decision Tuesday in a social media post.
DALLAS (AP) — SMU named Rob Lanier as its coach on Sunday after he took Georgia State to the NCAA Tournament this season.
Lanier was 53-30 in his three seasons at Georgia State. He previously took Siena to the NCAA tourney in 2002, in the first of his four seasons as coach there.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has rewarded coach Rick Barnes for winning the Volunteers' first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in 43 years with a contract extension through the 2026-27 season.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — East Carolina hired Tennessee assistant Michael Schwartz as head basketball coach Wednesday.
Athletic director Jon Gilbert announced the hiring.
Schwartz spent seven seasons at Tennessee, four as associate head coach.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the clock ticking down on Tennessee's first men's SEC Tournament title in 43 years, freshman Kennedy Chandler dribbled near midcourt with his left hand and popped the chest of his jersey with his right.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No. 9 Tennessee just might be the Southeastern Conference's top team. The Volunteers certainly can make a strong case after their latest victory.
Kennedy Chandler scored 19 points, Zakai Zeigler added 11 and Tennessee held off fifth-ranked Kentucky 69-62 in the final minutes Saturday to reach the SEC Tournament final for the third time in the last five years.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tennessee feels it has everything it takes to be successful in the NCAA Tournament.
That includes unselfish players, balanced scoring and a deep bench.
Josiah-Jordan James led five players in double figures with 16 points, 14 of them during a second-half stretch in which the ninth-ranked Volunteers pulled away to a 72-59 victory over Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament on Friday night.
Tennessee kept winning against a demanding schedule of top teams in the Southeastern Conference. That has pushed the Volunteers to their highest ranking this season in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first half, No. 13 Tennessee looked totally prepared for the SEC Tournament and beyond. After that, things got more precarious.
Freshman guard Zakai Zeigler, whose family was left homeless by a fire in New York City last weekend, made two key free throws in the final seconds to help the Volunteers hold off No.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kennedy Chandler scored 23 points to lead No. 17 Tennessee to an 80-61 victory over Missouri on Tuesday night.
Chandler, a freshman guard averaging 13.2 points, eclipsed that average with 14 points in the first half for the Volunteers (20-7, 11-4 Southeastern Conference).
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee starting forward Olivier Nkamhoua will have surgery on his left ankle that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the season.
“It’s sad for all of us," Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said of losing Nkamhoua.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's been a while since Olivier Nkamhoua established his presence on the court.
In his last three games, Tennessee's 6-foot-8 junior had a combined 15 points. Tuesday night, Nkamhoua scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the No.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas rolled out the welcome mat for Rick Barnes' return to campus, then pulled it out from under him with a free throw at the end.
Timmy Allen's free throw with 6 seconds left sent Texas to a 52-51 win over No.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After 35 years in the coaching business, Tennessee's Rick Barnes has just about seen it all.
But when the 18th-ranked Volunteers went through a five-minute stretch in the first half in which they didn't attempt a shot and committed seven turnovers — and still beat Florida, 78-71 — it left Barnes shaking his head.
The Big 12 and Southeastern Conference got together about a decade ago and create a yearly challenge on the hardwood, giving each of their schools the chance to break up their league play with a marquee mid-season opponent.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Confidence wasn't on Josiah-Jordan James' side.
But when the basketball came his way, he didn't have time to think.
Beating the halftime buzzer by a split-second, James drilled his first 3-pointer of the night to give No.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 19 Tennessee used its experience to get the upper hand on No. 6 Arizona on Wednesday night.
Super senior big man John Fulkerson had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Volunteers to a 77-73 win over the Wildcats.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The men's basketball game between No. 18 Tennessee and Memphis was canceled about an hour before tipoff Saturday due to COVID-19 issues within the Tigers' program.
The Volunteers had warmed up and were ready to play when the game was called off at 9:54 a.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After his Vols lost to Texas Tech, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes put his team through two very physical practices and that got their attention.
The No. 13 Volunteers (7-2) were ready to roll on Saturday and cruised past UNC Greensboro, 76-36.
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas Tech might want to petition to play in the Jimmy V Classic every season. The unranked Red Raiders make a habit of rankling the ranked teams in New York.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kennedy Chandler and Justin Powell scored 15 points apiece to lead No. 13 Tennessee to a 86-44 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday night.
Chandler, a freshman guard, had seven assists and seven steals.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Tennessee turned to its two freshmen guards to bounce back from its first loss of the season and win the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.
Zakai Zeigler scored 18 points to go with five assists, Kennedy Chandler had 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and the 17th-ranked Volunteers cruised past No.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has scratched every box in filling the roster for his seventh season.
He has experience with John Fulkerson back as a graduate along with senior Victor Bailey Jr. Josiah Jordan-James, a McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, now is a junior with a knack for filling up a stat sheet.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has extended the contracts of nine coaches, including Tony Vitello, who took the Volunteers to their first College World Series in 16 years.
Athletic director Danny White said Tuesday he wanted to acknowledge he inherited an impressive roster of coaches when he was hired in January.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has hired veteran Justin Gainey as an assistant coach to fill out his staff...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee freshman guard Keon Johnson says he's declaring for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent, becoming the Vols' second freshman to leave after one season...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers could be without their big senior for the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals against sixth-ranked Alabama...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For just a moment, Kellie Harper allowed herself to break COVID protocol. The hug she got from Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes was just too important to pass up...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the game gets faster, the results get better for Jaden Springer.
The Tennessee freshman has had back-to-back career highs in wins over Kentucky (23 points last Saturday) and Georgia Wednesday night...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even on a miserable shooting night, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes is convinced the shots will fall sooner or later...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mired in a slump the past couple of games, Xavier Pinson was due for a breakout performance...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jaden Springer, Tennessee's 6-foot-4 freshman, is becoming more comfortable in his role — and it's translating into production...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After five pandemic-related postponements, No. 12 Tennessee made the most of its opener Tuesday night, struggling to a 56-47 victory over Colorado...
Rick Barnes thought he was in the clear early in his bout with COVID-19.
The Tennessee coach should have known better, given his texts with Tom Izzo, his Michigan State counterpart who also went through it...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes didn't know that the Volunteers had helped snap Vanderbilt's streak of making at least one 3-pointer in 1,080 consecutive games...
Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lamonte' Turner made the most of a rare start for Tennessee.
Turner scored 23 points and the top-ranked Volunteers held West Virginia scoreless for a 9 1/2-minute stretch Saturday on its way to an 83-66 victory.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has faced every team in the Final Four and has a prediction regarding a potential championship game matchup.