With over three decades of coaching experience, Rick Barnes is no stranger to the Big Dance. Barnes entered Friday with a 24-24 record in March Madness. Loss No. 25, 70-56 to Oregon State, was unique in an unfortunate way.

In the NCAA Tournament, 12-5 upsets are almost expected. It was the first time a Barnes squad, however, has fallen to a 12-seed. Bryan Fischer of Athlon Sports noted Barnes now has losses against teams seeded 1 through 12.

While some pointed out it shows that Barnes has made a large number of NCAA Tournament appearances, others marveled at the “stat.”


If a Barnes-coached UT draws a seed of 4 or higher in the Big Dance, some Vols fans are sure to be worried that a loss to a 13-seed is up next.