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Tennessee Checkering TBA For Midweek Rivalry Bout

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The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide rolls into Knoxville Wednesday night for the third top 10 tilt in Thompson-Boling Arena history.

Tennessee is checkering Thompson-Boling Arena for the top 10 rivalry matchup, marking the first time the Vols have checkered the arena this season.

The Vols last checkered Thompson-Boling Arena for their 2021-22 regular season finale against Arkansas. Tennessee knocked off the 14th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks, 78-74, to cap off a perfect season at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tennessee had last Checkered TBA for the 2017 game against North Carolina.

Tennessee is 11-2 at home this season with unranked losses against Kentucky and Missouri. The Vols are 2-1 all-time in Checker TBA games and are looking to elicit more magic and a great home court environment against fierce rival Alabama.

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Alabama is playing as well as any team in the country as its No. 1 ranking shows. The Crimson Tide are 12-0 in conference play with their lone blemish in the last month being a blowout loss at Oklahoma in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

No. 10 Tennessee, on the other hand, is struggling entering the highly anticipated matchup. The Vols lost their last two games on buzzer beaters and have dropped three-of-four games in February.

Before DeAndre Gholston hit a near halfcourt shot to beat Tennessee, the Vols completed a 17-point second half comeback that left Rick Barnes positive after the game.

“I felt the same way I about it, where I just know that we played, showed a lot of fight,” Barnes said Monday. “Had to overcome a lot with guys being out. Different guys coming in, having to do some things. It certainly gave us something we can build on.”

Despite its recent struggles it should be a raucous home crowd against No. 1 Alabama.

“They are the No. 1 team in the SEC and No. 1 team in the nation,” sophomore Jonas Aidoo said. “We are going to try and get that one for the home crowd.”

Tip-off between the Vols and Crimson Tide is at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday night. ESPN2 is broadcasting the game.

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