SEC Announces Tennessee Basketball’s Conference Opponents

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    The SEC announced Tennessee’s — and the rest of the league’s — conference opponents on Tuesday.

    As usual, Tennessee will play nine home games and nine away games in the conference slate.

    Tennessee will face Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt at the friendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena.

    The Vols will face Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt on the road.

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    The SEC scheduling format allows all 14 teams to play each other every season with each team playing five opponents twice. Each program has three permanent opponents that they play twice every season.

    Tennessee’s three opponents are Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. In addition to its three permanent opponents, the Vols face Auburn and Mississippi State twice during the 2022-23 schedule.

    Tennessee faces preseason top 10 foe Arkansas at home while traveling on the road to face expected NCAA Tournament teams Florida, LSU and Texas A&M.

    The Vols are coming off of one of the best seasons of the Barnes’ era. Tennessee went 14-4 in conference play, finishing second in the SEC— the program’s best finish since its 2018 conference title.

    Tennessee avenged its second place regular season finish by winning the SEC Tournament for the first in 43 seasons. The Vols lost to Michigan in the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament.

    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.