The Tennessee basketball team was pretty inconsolable after last night's loss to Purdue in the Sweet 16. But Vols head coach Rick Barnes did his best to keep his players' spirits up.
Speaking to the team in the locker room following the loss to Purdue, Barnes praised his players for their ability to fight back after stumbling in the first half. He made it clear that he was still very proud of his players and asserted that they are "still a family."
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Tennessee entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the South, but couldn't seem to dominate opponents the way it did in the regular season.
After a 77-70 win over No. 15 Colgate, the Vols gave up a massive lead to Iowa in the second round that required overtime to finally put away.
Tennessee's rough second half against Iowa seemed to replicate itself early against Purdue yesterday as the Vols found themselves down double-digits at halftime. Despite coming back in the second half and even taking the lead, the game was forced into overtime where the Boilermakers won 99-94.
The Vols finished the season with a 31-6 overall record, having come up short in both the SEC regular season and in the SEC Tournament Final after losing to Auburn twice.
With 57 wins over the past two years, Barnes will surely be looking to make up for missed opportunities next season.