No. 22 Tennessee Basketball vs. Butler

Tennessee’s No. 22 basketball is back in action Wednesday night to open Battle 4 Atlantis after a bye week. In the first of three games in three days while in the Bahamas, the Vols (2-1) are scheduled to kick off Butler (3-1) at 7 pm ET.

Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) will have the call on ESPN2. Fans can also watch the game online or on any mobile device via WatchESPN by clicking HERE. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN app or online at espn.com/watch.

Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Brian Rice and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action. To listen to the game on Vol Network, click HERE. It can be heard in Knoxville on 99.1 WNML-FM or statewide through local affiliates. It can also be heard on Satellite Radio on SiriusXM channel 85 or channel 961 on the SXM app.

This week marks the third time Tennessee has participated in Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Vols took home a fifth-place finish in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2017. The Vols are 4-2 overall in the event.

Tennessee will play three games in the Bahamas this week. After his game against Butler, he will play either USC (3-1) or BYU (3-1) on Thanksgiving Day at 1:30 pm or 6:30 pm ET. The Vols will play their third and final game of the week on Friday against an opponent to be determined at a later date. Potential opponents include Kansas, Dayton, Wisconsin, or NC State.

The Vols remained 22nd in this week’s AP Poll. They won their only game they played last week when they bounced back from the loss to Colorado with an 81-50 win over Florida Gulf Coast. Josiah Jordan James Y Olivier Nkamhoua each led the Vols with 18 points each. James shot 4-for-6 from 3 and grabbed six rebounds on his way to a team best plus/minus of +35 in 25 minutes of action. Nkamhoua was 5 of 7 from the field and 7 of 12 from the free throw line.

Tennessee limited Florida’s Gulf Coast to 30.4% shooting, the lowest an opponent has shot since Appalachian State shot 27.9% on Dec. 15, 2020. to just 5-of-24 (20.8%). of three for the Vols.

This is what rick barnes told the media on Tuesday about taking on Butler and this week’s Battle 4 Atlantis.

Barnes opening statement:

“We appreciate the opportunity to be here. We realize it’s a great course here as always. I think it’s a tournament that players are looking forward to being a part of. We are here and we are looking forward to three days of basketball. And hoping that we can win some basketball games.”



How playing three games in three days can help a signing like tyreke key:

“I think right now, too, playing three games here, it feels like we’ve had one game, one week off, one game. The fact that you get three games, I think we’re going to find out a lot here, with the fact that it’s going to be back-to-back. With the addition of Tyreke, he has been a great addition to our program. But it’s new to him. He hasn’t played in a year and a half, before he started here with us. I think that every time he goes out, he will help him. He has been a great teammate with our guys. He is a versatile player. He needs to play with these guys. Same with Julian Phillip. We have to keep making him work there. With Olivier (Nkamhoua) back, we lost him at the end of January last year. So those three guys, again, this should be a great week for all of us, but I think for those three guys, it could be really beneficial in the fact that they can get the reps that they need.”

if you wait Aurochs Plavisic be available for the Butler game:

“Yes, it will come back. We’re getting ready to work here in a bit. She has only had one workout since the Colorado game when she sprained her ankle. But he will come back here. He will go today.


On whether he’s looking forward to seeing if his team learned its lesson from the Colorado loss:

“I think the fact is that they know that everybody can play because everybody can play. You talk about the transfer portal, there are teams like Thad (Matta), he is a great coach. He has been around for a long time. If you look at his team in particular, they play hard. They are aggressive. They get their hands on a lot of basketball, they get heavy in the gaps. Solid teams like the teams I’ve coached (against) over the years. In a short time, he put together a program, these guys showed that they can play. Everyone can play. I think that’s what the older guys here would say, they were disappointed that we were able to let an opportunity slip away. He did it. If we don’t learn from it, it’s a shame for us. We have to know that we have to be ready to go play every night. We’re not good enough to not be able to come out with the attitude that we’re going to have to fight for everything we need to get.”

On what was his experience with coach Butler Thad Matta has been and see him back as a coach:

“I know Thad. We have trained against each other. Thad is an excellent trainer. He is an extremely solid (coach). There is nothing he is going to try to do to trick you. He’s going to line up. He is going to protect you. He’s going to be extremely solid fundamentally on both sides. Pass the ball. Throw the ball. He plays from the inside out. Good balance. Aggressive. They seek to attack, create offense with their defense. I think again that this is how he would think about his equipment. I think the fact that he’s working for a great AD at Barry Collier. I trained against Barry years ago when he was in Nebraska. I’m not surprised because I know Thad loves the game. You’re far from it and you have a chance to go back to a place and work for a guy you know well. I totally get it. There’s no question that he’s going to do a great job because he’s in a place that he believes in and he’s working for a guy who believes in what he’s trying to do, what they want to do there. Being in the Big East now will only help him recruit the type of players he needs to play at the highest level and compete night after night, which he’s done everywhere he’s been.”

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