KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The ‘Almost Vols’ shed their nickname for a day, earning a tough victory on the road Thursday with a 72-68 win over East Tennessee State in front a sellout crowd at Freedom Hall.
Tennessee guard Detrick Mostella scored a game-high 25 points, including 13 consecutive points to finish the first half. He also added 7 rebounds, 2 assists and was 6-for-6 at the charity stripe.
“I’m just playing with a lot of confidence right now,” Mostella said.
“Coach told me, ‘If I’m open, take the shot.'”
On Friday’s podcast, coach Rick Barnes talks about a key win heading into conference play, while Mostella comments on his big performance.
Later, WMNL’s Josh Ward and SEC Country’s Jesse Simonton talk Vols recruiting, delving into the importance of Matthew Butler’s commitment and previewing several announcements right after Christmas.
They also dish on Tennessee’s football schedule around the holidays, as the team continues to prepare for Nebraska in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
Finally, Ward wraps up the podcast with a conversation with Athlon’s Braden Gall, who offers an interesting idea for bowl games moving forward.
Give it a listen.