Found October 09, 2013 on The Sports Post:
Coming off a first-round loss in the NIT, a preseason ranking in the top 25 is a steep rise in expectations for Tennessee. On paper, they have the ability to live up to this ranking. But when I think of the Volunteers, the alliterative word that comes to mind is "volatile." The team's two biggest contributors from a year ago, Jordan McRae (15.7 PPG) and Jarnell Stokes (12.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG), are back. Trae Golden is gone, having transferred to Georgia Tech. The Volunteers will expect Memphis transfer Antonio Barton to fill his shoes, but there's no guarantee that happens. The transition to a new team may not be so smooth, and as College Basketball Talk's Rob Dauster points out, Barton was never the primary ball-handler for the Tigers. Don't get me wrong; Barton is talented and will make this team better. Just don't expect too much from a guy who has averaged just 1.5 APG in his career, yet is expected to be the facilitator of the offense. It also doesn&...
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