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We‘re your No. 1 source for news, info, and discussions about Vols and Lady Vols basketball! Join us for new episodes each week as we discuss the latest around UT‘s basketball programs.

    The Vols Land an Elite Scorer

    The Vols Land an Elite Scorer

    **WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE MESSED UP AUDIO QUALITY. Apparently when recording, the software recorded from the incorrect audio source, which is why the audio sounds lower quality in this episode. We apologize for the mishap.**

    The Vols added a big piece to their 2023 recruiting class this week when four-star combo guard Freddie Dilione out of North Carolina committed to Tennessee. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the Vols' newest commit and why he could be the exact type of offensive threat UT needs in the future. Plus, the Lady Vols are getting a new alternate jersey for this upcoming season, and the football team is bringing back the Smokey Grey uniforms. When will the Tennessee men's basketball team get to join in on the fun with alternate jerseys?

    (1:59) - What the Vols are getting from 4-star guard Freddie Dilione
    (14:11) - Tennessee's 2023 class is shaping up to be VERY nice
    (24:17) - Heaping praise on Josiah-Jordan James
    (31:43) - Can the basketball Vols get some alternate jerseys, please?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    All About Expectations

    All About Expectations

    What exactly are fair expectations for Tennessee's men's basketball program as a whole? Does the Vols' distant past matter more than their recent history? Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss how the Vols are viewed nationally and where exactly UT should rank in men's college basketball compared to other programs. Do fans who got sucked into UT hoops during the Bruce Pearl era have higher expectations for the Vols than older fans who grew up watching Ray Mears and Don DeVoe? Plus, Tennessee has released the full non-conference schedule for the men's team, and the Vols should have a pretty nice record heading into SEC play this season.

    (1:40) - Do younger Vol fans have higher expectations for UT hoops?
    (21:49) - Inconsistency is the biggest reason the Vols haven't had more success
    (30:48) - Is Tennessee a top 25 program in the last 25 years?
    (38:12) - The difference between building a program and having a string of teams
    (53:16) - Tennessee has a pretty favorable non-conference schedule

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Evaluating the Vols’ Recruiting

    Evaluating the Vols’ Recruiting

    Tennessee has swung and missed on some high profile prospects in the 2023 class lately. Is it time for Rick Barnes and his staff to make some adjustments to their recruiting style as Barnes enters his last few years in college basketball? Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the Vols' recruiting as of late, how sustainable UT's current recruiting efforts are, and what the future could hold for the program beyond this upcoming season.

    (2:18) - Discussing the Vols' recent misses in recruiting
    (18:35) - Is it better to land high-end 4-stars than one-and-dones?
    (29:02) - Does good, quality experience trump flashy five-star freshmen?
    (41:29) - Should the Vols follow Gonzaga's and Villanova's blueprints?
    (56:55) - How the transfer portal uniquely affects (or hurts) basketball
    (1:10:40) - A sobering fact for all Vol fans to remember

    • 1 hr 28 min
    How Much Has the Lady Vols’ Culture Changed?

    How Much Has the Lady Vols’ Culture Changed?

    It's time for the first-ever Lady Vol mailbag edition of the show! Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Maria Cornelius of GoVols247 to answer listener questions about the Lady Vols' starting five, biggest non-conference match-ups this season, how Kellie Harper has changed the culture of the program, and much more!

    (2:39) - What match-ups are we most looking forward to?
    (10:20) - How can Kellie Harper keep this coaching staff intact? 
    (19:26) - Who will be the Lady Vols' starting 5 and who will be the biggest impact off the bench?
    (32:45) - How much has Kellie Harper changed the culture of the Lady Vols?
    (48:30) - Has the culture been a bigger draw than NIL for transfers?

    • 1 hr 4 min
    What to Expect from New Vol Signee Tobe Awaka

    What to Expect from New Vol Signee Tobe Awaka

    Tennessee officially added New York big man Tobe Awaka to their 2022-23 roster when his signing in the 2022 class was announced this month. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by Awaka's high school head coach, Joe Lods of Cardinal Hayes High School, to give Vol fans the lowdown on the newest addition to UT's roster.

    What makes Awaka so great at rebounding? Did the Vols land one of the biggest steals of the 2022 recruiting cycle? Plus, hear why Awaka might be a combination of Zakai Zeigler, Grant Williams, and Josiah-Jordan James.

    • 29 min
    Creating Championship Rosters

    Creating Championship Rosters

    Have both the Vols and Lady Vols done enough this offseason to create rosters that can compete -- and win -- championships this upcoming season? Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Jack Foster of Volunteer Country on Sports Illustrated to break down the roster reconstruction for both the Vols and Lady Vols basketball teams this offseason. Will the Vols use that last open scholarship this summer? Even if they don't, have the additions this offseason drastically improved the team? For the Lady Vols, is it fair to say "Final Four or bust" for this team? Plus, who are both teams targeting in the 2023 class?

    (2:13) - Are the Vols actually going to use that last scholarship for this year?
    (10:58) - Did the Vols fill all their needs this offseason?
    (22:32) - A look at Tennessee's top 2023 targets
    (31:28) - Start of the Lady Vols discussion
    (31:47) - Is it "Final Four or bust" for the Lady Vols after their offseason additions?
    (48:30) - Can the Lady Vols sustain their success in the 2023 class?

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

Megs1017 ,

Great UT basketball podcast!

Love the addition of the Lady Vols episodes and the guests for those!

raysteely ,

Vol Basketball Fever

Long time basketball fan.
Great information.
Love having access to UT Bball insight weekly.
Thankful for the Lady Vols portion of the pod as well.
All Vol fans should follow.
Ray Steely

Bracketologist3 ,

Should be a great podcast

Looking forward to seeing this podcast going forward. Nate is a good analyst who knows his stuff, having him on an SEC Basketball themed podcast will be a must-listen.

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