The Tennessee Lady Volunteers are prepping to enter the fourth year of the Kellie Harper coaching era in Knoxville. Harper led the Lady Vols to a third-place SEC finish last season and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament earlier this year.
On Wednesday, Tennessee released some key information regarding the Lady Vols’ upcoming schedule. Despite no official dates being given, the Lady Vols’ SEC opponents have been revealed.
Tennessee will continue its permanent home-and-home series with Vanderbilt as usual and will also be adding Florida and Mississippi State as the two rotating home-and-home series for this upcoming season.
With those three teams out of the mix, that leaves five SEC spots open for Tennessee’s home slate and five for Tennessee’s away slate.
The Lady Vols’ 2022-2023 SEC opponents are as follows:
- Mississippi State
- Ole Miss
- South Carolina
- @ Arkansas
- @ Florida
- @ Kentucky
- @ LSU
- @ Mississippi State
- @ Missouri
- @ Texas A&M
- @ Vanderbilt
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Tennessee’s opponents are going to be tough as expected. According to Tennessee Athletics, “three of the league opponents UT will face are ranked among ESPN’s ‘Way-Too-Early Top 25,’ including defending NCAA champion South Carolina at No. 1, 2022 SEC runner-up LSU at No. 14 and Georgia at No. 25.”
However, despite the stiff competition from around the league, the Lady Vols boast an impressive record of their own from the same poll as mentioned previously. In ESPN’s Way-Too-Early poll, Tennessee comes in with the No. 4 ranking in the nation.
“Rae Burrell is be gone, but the Lady Vols arguably won the transfer portal sweepstakes with a staked haul of Rickea Jackson (Mississippi State), Jillian Hollingshead (Georgia), Jasmine Powell (Minnesota) and Jasmine Franklin (Missouri State),” ESPN Women’s college basketball reporter Alexa Philippou wrote in June. “Pair that group — plus incoming freshman Justine Pissott, the No. 11-ranked recruit — with Jordan Horston and Tamari Key, and Tennessee has the talent to build upon last season’s promising start, in which the program achieved its best ranking in the Associated Press poll (No. 4) since the first weeks of 2015.”
The 2021-2022 Lady Vols achieved an overall record of 25-9 with a conference record of 11-5.