Tennessee turns back Southern Cal

Marvin Westwestwords

Rick Barnes told Julian Phillips that the Vols needed him to score.
The 6-8 freshman got 25 and worked hard at rebounding.
Barnes said Santiago Vescovi was the player of the game …

Vols wear out Butler in more ways than one

Marvin Westwestwords

If it had time, Tennessee might learn to like Paradise Island, a beautiful setting in the Bahamas for basketball warfare.
The Vols started slowly in the Battle 4 Atlantis but the …

Basket Vols couldn’t hit end of gym

Marvin Westwestwords

Keep in mind that Tennessee’s revised shooting strategy is Rick Barnes’ idea.
Months ago, the coach told this team to fire away when open. Where the shooters were when they let …

Basketball Vols? Maybe yes, maybe no

Marvin Westwestwords

Basketball talk is almost finished. It is now time to do something.
Tennessee outlook? Maybe yes, maybe no.
The strange combination of very good recruiting and Rick Barnes’ tournament history has created …

Michigan beats Tennessee at its own game  

Marvin Westwestwords

Points to ponder: Good season, SEC tournament title, short stay in the main event.
As is traditional for Rick Barnes teams, Tennessee was toppled too early from the NCAA tournament. Michigan …

Sing-a-long: We are the champions

Marvin Westwestwords

What a day, unforgettable celebration, net-cutting time, “We are the champions” as a sing-a-long.
Tennessee knocked out Texas A&M, 65-50, for the Southeastern Conference tournament championship. Happiness prevailed. The Volunteers hugged …

Vols playing for piece of history

Marvin Westwestwords

Big game in Tampa on Sunday. First prize is a piece of history.
This Tennessee basketball team is one more victory from guaranteed fame. The Vols face giant-killer Texas A&M for …