Tennessee Basketball Announces Non Conference Schedule

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    Tennessee basketball released its 2022-23 non-conference schedule Tuesday afternoon.

    The Vols’ non-conference slate includes seven home games, five neutral site games and one road game.

    Rick Barnes’ eighth Tennessee team opens play on Nov. 7 against Tennessee Tech at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols then travel to Nashville to face Colorado at 2 p.m. ET on Nov. 13. Tennessee returns home to face Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 16 before heading to the Bahamas for Thanksgiving.

    The Vols face Butler on Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET, either Brigham Young or Southern Cal on Nov. 24 before capping off their week at the Battle4Atlantis facing one of Dayton, Kansas, North Carolina State or Wisconsin on Nov. 25.

    Tennessee returns home for a three-game home stand on Nov. 30 against McNeese State before facing Alcorn State on Dec. 4 and Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 7.

    The Vols face Maryland in the Hall of Fame Invitation in Brooklyn on Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m. ET before playing their lone true road game of the non-conference slate at Arizona on Dec. 17 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

    Tennessee plays its last game in the pre-conference slate on Dec. 21 against Austin Peay.

    The Vols’ last non-conference matchup comes against Texas in the Big/12 SEC Challenge. The Longhorns travel to Knoxville on Jan. 28 in a rematch of the Vols’ last-second loss in Austin a season ago. Tip off is either 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. ET.

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    The Vols know their conference opponents but not the dates or times of those games. Tennessee faces Auburn and Mississippi State twice in addition to its three permanent opponents Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.

    The reigning SEC Tournament Champions will play everyone else in the league once.

    Tennessee lost star freshman Kennedy Chandler, power forwards John Fulkerson and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield and a number of reserves.

    The Vols return veteran All-SEC guard Santiago Vescovi and forward Josiah-Jordan James. Vescovi’s improved play and fantastic shooting in his junior season paired with James’ fantastic defense and growth into a reliable offensive threat were crucial in Tennessee finishing second in the SEC with a 14-4 conference record.

    Tennessee also brings back All-SEC Freshman Zakai Zeigler, promising big man Jonas Aidoo and incoming five-star forward Julian Phillips.

    The Tennessee basketball team and head coach Rick Barnes will open the 2022-2023 season on Monday, Nov. 7 against Tennessee Tech in Knoxville.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.