Tennessee basketball will face Wisconsin during the 2023-24 basketball season, head coach Rick Barnes shared on Vol Calls Monday night.
The Vols will travel to Madison for the second matchup in a home-and-home series with Wisconsin. The official date hasn’t been announced nor has the game been added to Tennessee’s official schedule. If you don’t remember the first matchup in the series its for good reason.
Wisconsin knocked off Tennessee, 68-48, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Dec. 28, 2019. Josiah-Jordan James and Olivier Nkamhoua were freshmen on the team and while Santiago Vescovi was at the game as a recent addition to the roster, the left-handed sharpshooter hadn’t played his first collegiate game yet.
The lopsided loss was Tennessee’s lone game after Lamonte Turner underwent season ending shoulder surgery and before Vescovi joined the team.
Tennessee was originally going to open the 2020-21 season at the Kohl’s Center in Madison before the COVID-19 pandemic led to a two-week delay to start the season and the postponement of the game.
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Barnes said the game was originally going to be played this season but both Tennessee and Wisconsin being in the Battle 4 Atlantis field led to the two teams postponing to another season.
Wisconsin has been a solid program under sixth year coach Greg Gard. The Badgers have made the tournament in three of Gard’s first five seasons with two trips to the Round of 32. Wisconsin has long been one of the Big 10’s most consistent programs, making 19 straight NCAA Tournaments from 1999 to 2017 including trips to the 2000, 2014 and 2015 Final Fours.
With the road trip to Wisconsin on the schedule, Tennessee’s 2023-24 non conference schedule is starting to take shape. The Vols play three games in the 2023 Maui Invitational, host Illinois at Thompson-Boling Arena in December and will face an ACC foe in the first year of the ACC/SEC Challenge.
The 2022-23 Vols concluded their pre conference slate Wednesday night against Austin Peay at Thompson-Boling Arena. No. 8 Tennessee (9-2) opens SEC play on Dec. 28 at Ole Miss.