DALLAS — Tennessee basketball has a locker room that goes beyond loose — it’s downright fun.
The No. 3-seeded Vols play No. 11-seed Loyola Chicago at 6:10 p.m. (ET) on Saturday in American Airlines Center. A trip to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 at the South Regional in Atlanta on the lne.
Tennessee’s player, however, are staying in the moment — and having no problem doing so.
“We’re having a lot of fun. we’re taking it in, enjoying the moment,” Vols point guard Jordan Bone said “It’s amazing, everyone in this locker room, we love each other, and it’s been this way since the start of the season .
“We just click, and we have this chemistry and comraderie. It’s big, it carries over onto the court.”
It carried over into Admiral Schofield conducting playoff locker room interviews on Friday, playfully prodding each teammate with questions.
Later, SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams said, Tennessee will get a game of “Settlers of Catan” together back at the hotel.
“It’s a fun time of year that we hadn’t been a part of before, but we also know it’s a business, so we have to take care of jour job first,” Williams said. “We’re a tight-knit group, and we have a lot of guys around who enjoy each other.
“We’re going to be around each other for a while, so we might as well get comfortable with each other.”
Tennessee is the fifth-youngest team in the nation this season, and the Vols expect to return everyone except fifth-year graduate transfer James Daniel lll
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