“Will to Win at High Level” as Vols Prepare to Open NCAA Tournament
Going into the NCAA tournament, the Vols own wins over two number one seeds in Alabama and Kansas.
But now the only win that matters is Thursday, as Tennessee opens the Big Dance against the Rajun Cajuns of Louisiana.
Since the word madness is associated with the NCAA Tournament, the Vols know it can get wild.
Said guard Josiah Jordan James:”They’re a lot of fun. Lot of fun. There’s no gimme games. Like there’s no easy way.
Likely won’t be too easy against Louisiana. They feature a 6’11 forward in Jordan Brown who is averaging nearly 20 points a game.
Said head coach Rick Barnes:”Jordan Brown. We recruited here. He’s a McDonald’s All-American and a high level player.”
The Vols seem to play at a high level when Josiah Jordan James plays at a high level.
Reporter:”The last 13 games when he has scored over ten points. When he hasn’t, you are 1-5. Is he that important to the offense?”
Said Barnes:”Based on your statistics I would say that’s important to the offense.”
Reporter:”Jimmy had a great stat about your scoring. Yeah the last 13 games when you score more than ten points, you’re 7-0. When you don’t your 1-5. So in light of that, do you put any pressure on yourself to score?”
Said James:”Um. I feel like when my team needs for me to be. What was that stat?”
Reporter:”When you score more than ten points, you win.”
Said James:”Okay. Got you. I know that for my team or to put my team in position, I know I have to be aggressive on both ends, especially the offensive end. Get my shots.”
Coach Barnes says his team has to avoid defensive lapses or else it will be a short stay in the Big Dance.
Said Barnes:”Everybody starts 0-0, and it’s a four team tournament this week in Orlando for us. We’ve got to be ready.”
Said James:”We’ve had one main goal, and that is to hoist that national championship trophy. I know that everybody’s will to win is at a high level.”