It wasn’t pretty, but the No. 3 Tennessee Volunteers managed to escape with a 71-68 victory over Alabama on Saturday afternoon.

The Vols struggled shooting in the second half, while Alabama G John Petty caught fire, bringing the Crimson Tide back into the game and giving them a late lead.

However, the Vols did what they needed to do, and now coach Rick Barnes has a teaching moment for his veteran squad.

After the game, Barnes was open about needing a challenge like this one. Here’s what he said about Saturday’s narrow win:

On Vols’ second-half struggles:

On needing to be challenged after a dominant start to SEC play:

On potentially being No. 1 in the AP Poll:

On controversial calls late in the second half:

On Admiral Schofield still having an impact despite struggles: