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Vol Basketball Fever

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.

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June 25, 2022 63 min

Many expected Vol point guard Kennedy Chandler to go in the 1st round of the 2022 NBA Draft. Instead, Chandler dropped into the 2nd round and was taken with the No. 38 overall pick. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss why Chandler fell out of the 1st round but why his fit with the Memphis Grizzlies is ultimately more important than where he got drafted. Plus, could the Vols have a NBA Draft lottery pick in next ye...

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We're back! Sorry for the break, but we're back with another Lady Vol episode of the show! Nathanael Rutherford is joined by Maria Cornelius of GoVols247 to discuss all of the post options the Lady Vols have now thanks to their additions in the transfer portal. Plus, 5-star Justin Pissott is reminding people why she shouldn't be counted out as a possible notable contributor for the upcoming season, some unfortunate inju...

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June 2, 2022 67 min

The Vols added 4-star wing DJ Jefferson as part of their 2022 class, and that leaves them with just one more open spot for the upcoming season. With Iowa State transfer point guard Tyrese Hunter choosing Texas, can the Vols find another guard to round out the roster? Or do they even need to? Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the addition of Jefferson to the roster, why Zakai Zeigler could be ready to start at PG...

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The Vols remained hot on the recruiting trail in the 2022 class when four-star wing DJ Jefferson announced his commitment and subsequent signing with Tennessee late last week. Nathanael Rutherford sat down with Jefferson's high school head coach, Lucas Patterson of Minnesota Prep Academy, to discuss what Vol fans should expect from the athletic guard when he arrives in Knoxville.

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Tennessee has made it a habit of picking up five-star prospects under Rick Barnes, but not every five-star is made the same. So what should Vol fans expect to see from UT's latest five-star signee, 2022 forward Julian Phillips? Nathanael Rutherford sat down with Phillips' high school head coach, Rodney Perry of Link Academy, to give Vol fans an idea of what kind of player and person Phillips is as he heads to Knoxville.

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With five-star Julian Phillips signing on to play for the Vols this upcoming season, it's apparent that Tennessee has made it a point to add more offense to the roster this offseason. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the impact of Phillips' decision to come to UT as well as what the additions of Phillips, Tyreke Key, and BJ Edwards could have on next year's team. Plus, Grant Williams KILLED IT in Ga...

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After a year at Georgia, former 5-star center Jillian Hollingshead announced she will be transferring to Tennessee. Nathanael Rutherford sat down with the newest Lady Vol to discuss why she chose UT and what the future holds for her. How is Jillian recovering from her injury? What kind of player is she, and is she looking forward to playing with and competing against Tamari Key? Plus, what kind of person is she off the court?

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For the 7th time in the last four years, Rick Barnes and the Vols have landed a five-star. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Ethan Stone to discuss five-star wing/forward Julian Phillips choosing the Vols over Auburn and the NBA G League. Is Phillips a true one-and-done type of prospect? What role in the rotation will he play for Tennessee this upcoming season? Plus, can the Vols actually land a transfer point guard? ...

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The Lady Vols have "won" the offseason so far thanks to their strong haul from the transfer portal. But can they translate this offseason success into actual success in the 2022-23 season? Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Coral Hall of Knox News to discuss the latest transfers to join the Lady Vols and how all five new additions to the team will fit in this season. Plus, what are fair preseason expectations f...

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May 2, 2022 16 min

Tennessee native Tyreke Key decided to transfer from Indiana State and play for his home state university for his final year of college basketball. Nathanael Rutherford sat down with the grad transfer to discuss why he chose the Vols and what kind of player he is. How is Key's recovery from shoulder surgery going? What made Tennessee his top choice for his final year of eligibility? What should Vol fans expect from Tyreke on an...

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April 29, 2022 32 min

Tennessee filled one of their open roster spots this past week when Indiana State grad transfer Tyreke Key signed with the Vols. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by Todd Aaron Golden, beat writer for Indiana State for the Tribune-Star, to discuss what Vol fans should expect from the Celina, TN native. Will Key be the same after his shoulder surgery? Can Key finish at the rim with consistency? What kind of defender is the 6-3 guard? T...

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Yet another one of Tennessee's players has reportedly put his name in the transfer portal. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the impact of Justin Powell putting his name in the transfer portal on Wednesday. But that's far from the only bit of news around UT's men's basketball program. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield chooses his transfer destination, Josiah-Jordan James is in the NBA Draft field, the Vol...

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After yet another big addition from the transfer portal, the hype for the Lady Vols' 2022-23 season continues to build. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Kellyanne Stitts of WATE News to discuss how Tennessee's three transfer portal additions could make the Lady Vols a Final Four favorite heading into next year. Plus, Rae Burrell was taken in the 1st Round of the WNBA Draft, the biggest takeaway from this past...

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It's time for another mailbag episode of the show! Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley answer listener questions about a myriad of offseason topics. Tennessee is in on two big-name transfers in the transfer portal. What are the odds the Vols land both of them? UT is also pursuing a five-star in the 2022 class. Can Tennessee pick him up as well? Plus, what are expectations for BJ Edwards? Does Rick Barnes change how he...

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The biggest news surrounding the Vols' basketball program over the last few days has been the transfer of freshman forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley break down the decision by the former five-star, what it means for the Vols, and the fallout for BHH and Rick Barnes moving forward. Plus, they try to decipher a cryptic tweet by Josiah-Jordan James, look at how UT could fill their new ...

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After a successful 2021-22 season, Kellie Harper and the Lady Vols are heading into a VERY important offseason before the 2022-23 campaign. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Maria Cornelius of GoVols247 to put a bow on Tennessee's 2021-22 season and look ahead to some final roster moves this offseason and how the roster could shake out. Will the Lady Vols add another transfer here soon? How does this coaching staf...

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The season is over, and that means it's time to look at Tennessee's roster and discuss how the Vols can improve it for next season. Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley break down the roster moves that have already happened for Tennessee and what positions Rick Barnes and his staff need to address in recruiting and through the transfer portal. Should Vol fans expect another transfer off the roster this offseason? I...

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March 31, 2022 71 min

Now that we've had a couple weeks to remove ourselves from the sting of the loss to Michigan, it's time to ask the question: Was the Vols' season a great season, a good season, or a disappointing season? Co-hosts Nathanael Rutherford and Gene Henley discuss the Vols' 2021-22 campaign and put a bow on the season before moving fully into offseason mode. Plus, Rick Barnes got an extension and promoted a new assistant c...

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The Lady Vols picked up another HUGE transfer when former Mississippi State forward Rickea Jackson announced her commitment to Tennessee last week. Nathanael Rutherford sat down with Rickea to discuss why she chose Tennessee, her desire to win at the highest level possible, the relationships she already has with several members of the Lady Vols' organization, and much more! You don't want to miss this interview!

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The Lady Vols have FINALLY ended their Sweet Sixteen drought, and for the first time since 2016, UT has advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Nathanael Rutherford is joined by special guest Maria Cornelius of GoVols247 to discuss the Lady Vols' nail-biting victory over Belmont in the 2nd Round to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and UT's match-up with Louisville. Can Alexus Dye keep up her stellar play for the ...

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