Vols, Lady Vols Holding Open Practice At Thompson-Boling Arena Saturday

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    Ahead of Tennessee football’s primetime matchup with Ole Miss, both the Tennessee men’s and women’s basketball teams will hold open practices at Thompson-Boling Arena.

    Fans can enter the arena from Gate C at 11:30 a.m. ET. The men’s team will practice at noon ET and the Lady Vols will practice 2:30 p.m. ET.

    Due to Tennessee football game day, parking on campus will be limited. Some lots will require a game day parking pass.

    Tennessee basketball is just over two weeks into its preseason practice and is just under four weeks away from its season opener against UT-Martin.

    The Vols are breaking in a roster with eight newcomers and have plenty of questions heading into Rick Barnes’ seventh season at Tennessee.

    The Lady Vols are entering coach Kellie Harper’s third season. In year two, Tennessee took serious steps forward, finishing third in the SEC, upsetting South Carolina at home and making the NCAA Tournament as a No. 3 seed before Michigan upset the Lady Vols in the Round of 32.

    Both the Vols and Lady Vols have grueling schedules this winter, starting with the out of conference play.

    Harper’s team plays three of last season’s Final Four with games against UCONN and Stanford coming out of conference play.

    Barnes team has non conference matchups with Villanova, Texas and Memphis— three teams expected to be in the preseason top 15.

    You can see the full details on Saturday’s open practice here.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.

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