Rick Barnes says Vols coming together

Just how well can a team with seven true freshmen compete in the Southeastern Conference? Learn about hoops on The Hill with Tennessee Media Day coverage.

Question marks aplenty as tip-off approaches for Tennessee men's basketball.

Who's running the point? Who defends opposing big men? Can this group mesh in time to make a push in March.

What could be answered was this week as Tennessee Media Day took place at the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio and at Pratt Pavilion.

"We've got a group of guys that have really come together in terms of culture," second-year Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Wednesday.

"I think we're just more skilled from top to bottom. We don't have a lot of size, but we do have more size than a year ago."

The 2016-17 Volunteers remind the veteran coach of his "second group at Clemson." Nearly a double-digit number of newcomers has many wondering just how much can be expected of this bunch.

"I think our team player-wise, I do think that we probably have a little more talent than maybe people would have thought in terms of people who are looking at ratings and rankings," Barnes said.

Tennessee opens up against Slippery Rocky in Knoxville on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Learn more about what lies ahead by seeing what Barnes said at his media day press conference in the InsideTennessee video above.


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