Vols Dealing With Life in Big Dance Bubble
Tennessee has already experienced March Madness before the NCAA tournament tips off.
They’re going stir crazy stuck in the Big Dance bubble.
The NCAA brought the entire tournament to Indianapolis this year as a COVID precaution, and the Vols haven’t enjoyed as much freedom as they’d normally get for the hoops extravaganza.
Being in the Big Dance Bubble is no one shining moment.
Said guard Josiah Jordan James:”At first we were locked down in our room for I think 20-something hours. It was tough. Guys were just chomping at the bit to just get outside the room.”
Said head coach Rick Barnes:”It’s been tough. It has been. Today will be the first time that we’ll actually walk outside since we’ve been here. I don’t think there’s any question that every team in here right now wishes we were playing tomorrow. I think every team because of being in the bubble.”
Only so much TV to watch and video games to play.
So Josiah Jordan James decided to do a yoga zoom session with fans.
Said James:”When I woke up this morning I wasn’t thinking about practice. Wasn’t thinking about breakfast or anything. I was thinking about the yoga session. So I’m really excited. I have a couple of my teammates down. Whoever wants to join me.”
Senior forward John Fulkerson still isn’t 100-percent after taking a blow to the face in the SEC tournament.
Coach Barnes still isn’t sure if he’ll play Friday against Oregon State.
Said Barnes:”Again John is day-by-day. Again that’s where we are with that.”
Said James:”We just want him to get healthy. Back to being John. We kind of joke with him about the black eye a little bit. I think it’s a good look for him. But just keeping him in good spirits because whether he plays in the game or doesn’t play, it really doesn’t matter. His health is first and foremost. Seeing him smile. Being the Fulky that we know is our biggest concern.”
The Vols and Oregon State tip at 4:30pm.