Tennessee basketball adds in-state school to schedule

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    Tennessee basketball has added a game with Tennessee-Martin to its schedule and will now open its season against the Skyhawks on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. ET, the program announced on Tuesday.

    The game will be streamed on SEC Network+.

    Tennessee was scheduled to open up its season last Wednesday night against Charlotte, but a COVID-19 outbreak within the program led to the cancellation of the game. It also led to the cancellation of a home game against VCU two days later, as well as future games against No. 1 Gonzaga and Notre Dame.

    UT was set to open up its season against Cincinatti on Dec. 12 prior to adding the game with UT Martin. This will be the fifth time the Vols and Skyhawks have played each another. Tennessee has won each of the four previous meetings, all of which have been played in Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Tennessee-Martin head coach Anthony Stewart died tragically on Nov. 15 just before the season began. Montez Robinson was named the interim coach. Robinson previously spent five seasons at Alcorn State where he won the 2017 SWAC Coach of the Year award.

    UT Martin is scheduled to begin its season on Wednesday night against Evansville before traveling to No. 5 Illinois on Saturday. The Skyhawks will return home to face Bethel on Monday ahead of their trip to Knoxville.