Vols' Rick Barnes admits 'there has been no rhythm' to this year's team

Southeastern Conference photo / Freshman guard Keon Johnson was responsible for six of Tennessee's 17 turnovers during Wednesday night's 70-58 win at Vanderbilt.

The South Carolina Gamecocks played just one men's basketball game in December due to COVID-19 limitations.

Texas A&M will go all February without playing because of continued coronavirus setbacks, so things certainly could be worse for Rick Barnes and his No. 25 Tennessee Volunteers. After all, the Vols may not be playing well - even Wednesday night's 70-58 triumph at Vanderbilt was accompanied by numerous warts - but at least they're playing.

"All I can say is I think this is a year where I don't know if any of us can use the word rhythm, because there has been no rhythm," Barnes said this week. "You just have to play good, consistent basketball, but we haven't done that, and I can tell you that our guys want to play consistent basketball.