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Rick Barnes Reveals Why Admiral Schofield Wasn't Playing Late

Two Tennessee basketball players smiling on the court.

KNOXVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29: Grant Williams #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers and Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrate on the bench during the second half of the game between the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on December 29, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 96-53. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

Survive and advance is the goal in the NCAA Tournament, and Tennessee learned this the stressful way. While the Volunteers did earn their ticket to the Sweet 16, the fact that Admiral Schofield sat on the bench during overtime was quite shocking.

Despite holding a 25 point lead, head coach Rick Barnes saw his team collapse in the second half. Some credit belongs to Iowa for storming back toward the end of regulation, but the decision-making from Tennessee played a major factor.

People thought Barnes was losing his mind for not putting Schofield in the closing minutes of the game. Multiple figures in the sports media went on Twitter to express concern for the Volunteers.

Apparently it turns out that Schofield didn't want to be on the floor in overtime. Barnes told reporters that his senior leader thought Kyle Alexander should play instead.

"He didn't want to play. He kept saying 'keep Kyle in the game.' That was his decision," Barnes said.

Schofield didn't see much action toward crunch time as he was in foul trouble, but the sharpshooter had 19 points in the Round of 32.

Even though he's trying to do the right thing and stick by his teammates, it's probably best for Tennessee if Schofield is on the floor.

The Volunteers will face the Purdue Boilermakers in the next round.