Vols Taking Nothing For Granted in NCAA Tourney Opener Against Longwood

Tennessee makes their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament on Thursday.
The Vols are heavy favorites against Longwood.
But as we all know, when it comes to March, you can never take anything for granted in the Big Dance

Apparently Tennessee’s SEC Tournament title carried about as much weight as the celebratory confetti to the NCAA selection committee.
Vols got a perceived snubbed with a 3 seed in the Big Dance. Doesn’t seem fair, but Fulky says who cares.
Said Fulkerson:”It doesn’t really matter our seed. Right now we’re just focused on playing Longwood. Like I said just trying to accomplish our goals.”
Longwood is jumping on the March Madness stage for the first time ever.
The Virginia school has an enrollment of 5,000, and their head coach is a former lawyer.
Said Vols guard Santiago Vescovi:”It really doesn’t matter who we’re playing or whether you have heard of them or not. I think the NCAA Tournament that’s the fun part about it. Just any team can beat any team at this point.”
Said head coach Rick Barnes Barnes:”We’re certainly going to be challenged at a high level because they shoot the ball extremely well. They assist each other on their shots.”
Vols hope to unleash Josiah Jordan James on the Lancers.
James has been a difference maker for UT down the stretch.
Said Barnes:”We know when Josiah is playing at an extremely high level as a team we play at a high level. He’s such a versatile part of our team. Said before he has guarded every position on the court. He’s willing to do that.”
It will take a special performance every night for Tennessee to enjoy some madness.
Said Barnes:”This is hard what we are getting ready to do. It’s very hard because every team here has a won a championship some way some how. It’s a situation where we’ve embraced it, and we’ve got to see what we can do with it.”

Vols and Longwood tip at 2:45pm Thursday, and the contest will be televised on News 12 Now.

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