Tennessee Basketball: 3 reasons why you should be hype about this year

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – MARCH 24: Lamonte Turner #1 and Jordan Bowden #23 of the Tennessee Volunteers react after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 83-77 in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Tennessee basketball’s season is getting ready to tip-off, and I have three reasons why you should be hype for this “rebuild” season.

Last year, Rick Barnes and the BasketVols put together one of the best basketball teams the university has ever seen. They were so good they even had some fans calling Tennessee a “basketball school.”

While I’m not completely opposed to that, Barnes still has a lot of work to do if he wants to cement Tennessee as an official basketball school.

This year will be a difficult one to do that as Barnes aims at a quick rebuild season this year before looking to go on another postseason run in 2020-21.

As we all know, the Vols lost their most prominent contributors to the NBA, so replacing them may be difficult for the incoming players looking to find their role on the roster.

Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, and Kyle Alexander all saw great seasons last year, but they have now moved on so returning players and new players will have to try to fill their void.

It’s not all bad news for the Vols, Barnes has done a great job on the recruiting trail, and now he’s bringing in some young talent that has the potential to repeat what last years big three did and more.

The future is bright for the Vols, but it’s a “what have you done for me lately” business, so I have three reasons why you should be hype for the Vols basketball season this year (and no, it’s not because the football team is bad).

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