Vols front and center at SEC Basketball Media Days

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Coaches and players from all 14 SEC institutions will meet with members of the media in the annual tip-off to the basketball season.

Among the players and coaches in attendance, UT head coach Rick Barnes along with veteran players Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden.

Among the the things discussed Wednesday, Tennessee’s home court advantage at Thompson-Boling Arwna. Florida guard Andrew Nembhard said, “Tennessee is my favorite place to play. It's a rowdy crowd, everything is against you. You've gotta play your best to come away with a win in there."
"I remember we played them when they were No. 1 in the country on the road, it was sold out, it was rowdy in there, everybody was going crazy. If they go on a run it gets really loud so you just gotta stay locked in and on your A-game."

Coach Rick Barns added, "I know every coach says this but I think we have the best fans in the country. I watched them support us five years ago when we were just getting started and our guys were fighting and clawing for every single thing we could get and I really appreciated that kind of effort.

When asked about it senior guard Lamonte Turner said, "Our fanbase is everything. They come, they support. They're there early, they stay late and they support us win or lose so teams come in and they can't hear play calls. The games get loud and they're constantly yelling and it gives us an extra boost too so I don't think teams like coming here to play."

The Basket-Vols are riding a 26 game home win streak, that’s tied with Buffalo for mist in the country.

Theres mo question, coach Barnes has this program headed in the right direction and he says the guys don’t want to go back,
"They don't want to go backwards. They got the taste of what it's like to be on a really good basketball team and a program that people are excited about and want to continue to take it further. They know it's a little different because there's so many young guys that have never tasted any of that but yet they're great leaders. I will say that. We just need the experience of playing games and hope these guys don't get too overwhelmed and can continue to grow."

Click below to watch Facebook feed of coach Barnes addressing the SEC media in Birmingham.