Vols Hoping to Leave a Legacy With Sweet 16 Appearance


The Vols are back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014. Tennessee faces Purdue on Thursday night at 7:30 in Louisville.

When your roster is loaded with upper classmen, you have confidence and plenty of swag.
Said guard Jordan Bone:”I think this team is much more competitive than last year. I feel like some guys last year were kind of okay to walk off the court without a win, but this team wants to win everything, and it shows in practice.”
Doesn’t hurt to have another year physically under your belt either, especially for senior Kyle Alexander.
Said head coach Rick Barnes:”Coach Lanier used to have this video of a baby giraffe that was just being born standing up wobbly. Falling all over the place. That was Kyle Alexander. I wish we could have redshirted him at Tennessee because I think his best basketball or I know his best basketball is ahead of him.”
Tennessee has never been to a Final Four, so this year’s team would love to make history this weekend in Louisville.
Said Bone:”Tennessee basketball history. Means a lot to be one of the teams that people look forward to watching. Like Grant mentioned we are a team. We feel like we are going to leave our legacy here.”
Said forward Grant Williams:”Coming in being recruited here, we wanted to leave our legacy. We wanted to leave a foundation for future prospects to come here. Feel we have done a good job of that. There’s more to do. More to prove. But so far we are doing our job. We just have ot keep it up.”
Said Barnes:”Talk about goals. Come into our building, we don’t have a lot of motivational sayings or any of those type of things. What we talk about is just being the best team we can be.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.