KNOXVILLE – Tennessee has announced its 2013-14 basketball schedule.
Most notably, the Vols will not host rival Kentucky for the first time since the 1952-53 season. The SEC’s expansion to 14 teams and the decision to drop the East and West divisions in basketball forced some schedule changes to be made.
The Vols also won’t travel to Athens to face Georgia for the first time since 1962-63.
Tennessee will play at least seven teams that ended up in the top 50 of the 2013 RPI, they play at least seven NCAA tournament teams from last year and at least 10 games against teams that won 20 or more games last year.
Notable out-of-conference games include a trip to Cincinnati to take on Xavier (Nov. 12) in the first time UT has opened on the road since the 2004-05 season, a trip to Witchita State (Dec. 14) and tilts with NC State (Dec. 18) and Virginia (Dec. 30) in Knoxville. The Vols will also participate in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis in The Bahamas. The field consists of UT, Kansas, Villanova, UTEP, Southern Cal, Iowa, Wake Forest and Xavier.
In SEC play, the Vols play Florida, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, Auburn and Missouri twice. Perhaps the toughest in-conference stretch comes from Jan. 18 to Feb. 1, when the Vols play at Kentucky and at Florida in addition to hosting Ole Miss and Arkansas.
UT will be featured twice on ESPN’s “Super Tuesday” showcase, once in the conference opener at LSU on Jan. 7 and secondly when Florida travels to Knoxville on Feb. 11.
2013-14 TENNESSEE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Date | Day | Opponent | Site | Television | Time (times are ET and subject to change)
Nov. 12 Tues. at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio TBD TBD
Nov. 16 Sat. USC Upstate Knoxville TBD TBD
Nov. 18 Mon. The Citadel Knoxville TBD TBD
Nov. 22 Fri. Tennessee State Knoxville TBD TBD
Nov. 28 Thur. 1-UTEP Paradise Island, Bahamas NBC Sports Net 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 29 Fri. 1-Iowa or Xavier Paradise Island, Bahamas AXS.tv/NBC Sports Net 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 Sat. 1-TBD Paradise Island, Bahamas TBD TBD
Dec. 7 Sat. Tennessee Tech Knoxville TBD TBD
Dec. 14 Sat. at Wichita State Wichita, Kan. ESPN2 2 p.m.
Dec. 18 Wed. NC State Knoxville TBD TBD
Dec. 23 Mon. Morehead State Knoxville ESPNU 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 Mon. Virginia Knoxville TBD TBD
Jan. 4 Sat. Tusculum College Knoxville TBD TBD
Jan. 7 Tues. at LSU* Baton Rouge, La. ESPN 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 Sat. Texas A&M* Knoxville Fox Sports Net TBD
Jan. 15 Wed. Auburn* Knoxville CSS 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 Sat. at Kentucky* Lexington CBS Noon
Jan. 22 Wed. Arkansas* Knoxville SEC Network 8 p.m.
Jan. 25 Sat. at Florida* Gainesville, Fla. ESPN/ESPN2 4 p.m.
Jan. 29 Wed. Ole Miss* Knoxville SEC Network 8 p.m.
Feb. 1 Sat. at Alabama* Tuscaloosa, Ala. ESPN2 8 p.m.
Feb. 5 Wed. at Vanderbilt* Nashville, Tenn. ESPN3 8 p.m.
Feb. 8 Sat. South Carolina* Knoxville ESPNU 3 p.m.
Feb. 11 Tues. Florida* Knoxville ESPN 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 Sat. at Missouri* Columbia, Mo. ESPN/ESPN2 4 p.m.
Feb. 18 Tues. Georgia* Knoxville ESPNU 9 p.m.
Feb. 22 Sat. at Texas A&M* College Station, Texas ESPNU 3 p.m.
Feb. 26 Wed. at Mississippi State* Starkville, Miss. SEC Network 8 p.m.
March 1 Sat. Vanderbilt* Knoxville ESPN/ESPN2 noon
March 5 Wed. at Auburn* Auburn, Ala. SEC Network 8 p.m.
March 8 Sat. Missouri* Knoxville ESPN 4 p.m.
March 12-16 SEC Tournament Atlanta, Ga.
March 18-19 NCAA First Round (Dayton, Ohio)
March 20 & 22 NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Buffalo, N.Y. / Milwaukee, Wis. / Orlando, Fla. / Spokane, Wash.)
March 21 & 23 NCAA Second & Third Rounds (Raleigh, N.C. / San Antonio, Texas / San Diego, Calif. / St. Louis, Mo.)
March 27 & 29 NCAA Regionals (Anaheim, Calif. / Memphis, Tenn.)
March 28 & 30 NCAA Regionals (Indianapolis, Ind. / New York, N.Y.)
April 5 & 7 NCAA Final Four (North Texas)
Daniel Lewis covers Tennessee athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielNooga
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