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Will Vols be able to match UK’s crowd at SEC tourney?

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By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Kentucky fans are rolling into Nashville for the SEC Tournament and ticket brokers are welcoming them with open arms.

However, Tennessee coach Rick Barnes says not to discount how many Tennessee fans will also be in Nashville to watch the Vols play starting Friday night.

“I was really impressed with our fans a year ago in St. Louis, and I love the fact that Nashville’s where we have our tournament,” Barnes said.

“It’s obviously easier for most teams, most every team to get there as opposed, to last year St. Louis did a phenomenal job with that tournament.

“I like and hope that we do get a great fan support. Talk about our fans, I love our fans, I don’t think there’s anywhere, any better. The fact is, it’s close enough that we should expect and hope to get a great crowd.”

Tennessee had more fans than ever in Rupp Arena when the Vols lost to Kentucky. This is the first season Tennessee has been a top 25 teams all year, so maybe Barnes will be right.

“Tennessee might bring a lot of fans, but I am not sure anyone can ever have more than Kentucky,” SEC Network analyst Andy Kennedy said.

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