The Tennessee Volunteers earned a share of the regular-season SEC title, but they came up short on Sunday in their quest for an SEC Tournament title, falling 77-72 to a red-hot Kentucky team.

However, the Vols are likely going to be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, so there’s still a lot for coach Rick Barnes’s squad to play for.

After the tough loss on Sunday, F Admiral Schofield revealed the inspiring message Barnes gave the Vols, where the veteran coach said he’d trade all of his conference titles for a single NCAA title:

If the Vols take that message to heart, they’ll be a tough out in March Madness, as they play stout defense and have plenty of talented offensive threats.

Schofield, in particular, is a great player, leading the Vols with 22 points and 10 boards on Sunday. If he and his teammates can regroup quickly, they’ll be fun to watch starting next week.