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"We're going to win the national championship this year," Will Barton said. "I'm guaranteeing it!"
Barton, whose national championship guarantee at last year's High Tops Party garnered national media attention, stopped just short of doing so again. Then he did -- again.
"Coach Pastner said I can't say it," Barton told the crowd.
"If he says it, he's got to back it up," Pastner chimed in.
"I'm gonna say it then. We're going to win it all," Barton announced to a cheering crowd before turning to address a reporter. "Don't put this in The Commercial Appeal. I don't want to see it on ESPN or none of that this year. Let's keep it in the party. Off the record."