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Rick Barnes shreds officiating in first half of Tennessee-Purdue

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No. 7 Tennessee is locked in a decent contest with No. 2 Purdue early within the season, and Volunteers coach Rick Barnes is happy with the best way his group has performed by way of the primary 20 minutes.

He’s significantly much less stoked in regards to the officiating, going off in a halftime interview on the sport’s broadcast.

“Effectively it’s a bodily sport, I simply don’t assume the officers notice it,” Barnes stated. “The fouls, I imply it’s what it’s. Like I’ve tried to inform them, we’re attempting to get fouled in right here, they’re attempting to get fouled on the market.”

Barnes was hit with a technical foul within the first half with 5:15 to play when he was arguing over a foul issued to Jordan Gainey. He disagreed with the decision.

As soon as once more, Barnes left little leeway in what he thought in regards to the name at halftime.

“Once I acquired the technical foul I do know I used to be proper on that decision, we acquired pushed,” Barnes stated.

Tennessee led 24-19 on the time of the technical foul, and Purdue appeared to rally following the decision towards Barnes. By halftime, the lead had been minimize to 31-30.

Maybe extra importantly, a number of Tennessee gamers had been in foul bother going towards elite Purdue large man Zach Edey.

Ahead Tobe Awaka had three fouls within the first half, whereas ahead Jonas Aidoo had two and ahead JP Estrella had two. Barnes addressed enjoying round that foul bother within the second half.

“The underside line is it’s the sort of sport you’d count on,” Barnes stated. “Our guys are enjoying laborious. We’ve acquired to make some pictures. We’ve had some pictures that we have to make. Obtained to make them on the free-throw line. However we’ve simply acquired to maintain defending and do what we do. We’ve acquired large guys in foul bother. We’ve got to go together with all guards, we’ll do this if we now have to.”

Of notice, Tennessee didn’t make a area aim within the remaining 4:46 of the primary half. Purdue, in the meantime, didn’t make a area aim within the remaining 4:30.

So you’ll be able to count on it’ll be a scrappy, hard-fought contest within the second half.

Taylor Mitchell

Taylor Mitchell grew up with a deep love for sports, inspired by her family's tradition of watching games together. Hailing from a small town, Taylor's journey into sports journalism began with local high school games and community events.
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