The SEC released the league’s full basketball schedule, Thursday. With its conference games now officially announced, Tennessee full schedule is released.
The Vols’ non conference schedule was released in June and includes matchups with six teams projected to make the NCAA Tournament. The non conference slate also includes a match up with a strong Arizona program.
That daunting non conference slate will prepare Rick Barnes’ seventh team for a challenging SEC slate from the get-go.
Tennessee opens conference play at defending SEC Champion Alabama on Dec. 29. The Vols will host Ole Miss to Thompson Bowling Arena a week later for the SEC home opener.
The Vols then travel to LSU on Jan. 8 for the first of two matchups with Will Wade’s program. Tennessee returns home to face South Carolina on Jan. 11 before heading to Lexington to face rival Kentucky on Jan. 15
The Big Orange will stay on the road following the Kentucky game, playing in Memorial Gymnasium against Vanderbilt on Jan. 18 before returning home for a rematch with LSU on Jan. 22.
Tennessee ends the month of January by hosting rival Florida on Jan. 26.
After playing five of its first eight conference games against teams projected to make the NCAA Tournament, Tennessee’s schedule lightens up at the start of February.
Tennessee hosts Texas A&M on Feb. 1 before a two-game road trip to South Carolina on Feb. 5 and Mississippi State on Feb. 9.
The Vols will then return home for a rematch with Vanderbilt on Feb. 12 and a pivotal matchup with Kentucky on Feb. 15.
Tennessee then heads back on the road for two games, playing at SEC title contender Arkansas on Feb. 19 and Missouri on Feb. 22.
Barnes and the Vols will look to relinquish recent demons against Bruce Pearl and Auburn at home on Feb. 26 before finishing the regular season with a road trip to Athens to face Georgia on March 1 and a home game against Arkansas on March 5.
Unlike recent seasons, Tennessee’s schedule isn’t back loaded with a daunting late February. The Vols will have road trips to three of the conferences best teams: Alabama, LSU and Kentucky finished before Jan. 16.
The Vols’ home matchup with Kentucky isn’t on a Saturday this season for the first time since 2016, but Tennessee has strong Saturday home games against Arkansas, LSU and Auburn.
Tennessee will begin its 2021-22 campaign on Nov. 9 when they host UT-Martin to Thompson-Boling Arena.
You can view Tennessee’s full schedule here.