Mike Strange: Vols will feed off of Antonio Barton's hunger

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Tennessee's Antonio Barton waits to give interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013. 
  
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Tennessee's Antonio Barton waits to give interviews during Media Day at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday, October 7, 2013. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

For a 6 a.m. workout, Chad Newman, the Tennessee men’s basketball trainer, opens for business at 4:45.

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Volsreign1 writes:

Being from West Tennessee, where the only thing ever shown on TV is Memphis basketball, I've seen Barton a lot the last 3 years. Once I heard that he was transferring I told everyone I knew that the Vols should go after him hard. He's the real deal; the point we've been lacking for a long time. If he stays healthy, he could be the one to get us up there with the elite programs this season.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Volsreign1:

Being from West Tennessee, where the only thing ever shown on TV is Memphis basketball, I've seen Barton a lot the last 3 years. Once I heard that he was transferring I told everyone I knew that the Vols should go after him hard. He's the real deal; the point we've been lacking for a long time. If he stays healthy, he could be the one to get us up there with the elite programs this season.

I haven't seen nearly as much of Barton as you have, but it's nice to have my favorable impression of him confirmed. People have been saying all the way back to Pearl's last few seasons that the main thing the Vols needed to propel them into the upper echelons of the college game was a true point guard. Now Barton looks to be the fuze to ignite a big pile of Vol dynamite. If everybody stays healthy, I would be astounded if the Vols' season ends short of the Elite Eight, and they could...go...all...the...WAY!

underthehill writes:

Watching the games Barton played against UT is enough to convince me he will be a huge addition for UT..really looking forward to watching how an experienced physical Vol team handles the talented rookie Cats..can't believe they are not playing home and home games..not good for UT..

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