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No. 9 Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech: How To Watch, Betting Odds, Prediction

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Josiah-Jordan James (right) reacts to the dunk from Dalton Knecht (left). Photo by Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee basketball opens its 2023-24 season on Monday night when it hosts instate foe Tennessee Tech to Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center.

Expectations are high for Rick Barnes’ ninth Tennessee team. The Vols enter the season ranked in the nation’s top 10 and as the favorites to win the SEC.

Tennessee Tech enters John Pelphrey’s fifth season in Cookeville coming off a second place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference a season ago.

Here’s everything to know about the season opening matchup.

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How to Watch – No. 9 Tennessee (0-0) vs Tennessee Tech (0-0)

  • Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT
  • Location: Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center
  • TV: SEC Network+ and ESPM+. PxP: Andy Brock, CC: Steve Hamer, Sideline: Sarah Detwiler
  • Online Streaming: SEC Network +, and ESPN+
  • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App

Betting Lines


Spread: Tennessee -30.5  Tennesse Tech

Total: Over/Under 134.5


Spread: Tennessee -28  Tennesse Tech

Total: Over/Under 134

Probable Starters

Tennessee (via UT Sports)

Tennesse Tech

*No probable starters given

2022-23 Team Statistics (via Sports Reference)


Tennessee Tech

Stat Leaders (2022-23 Stats)


  • Points: Santiago Vescovi – 12.5 PPG, 39.6 FG%, 37 3PT%
  • Rebounds: Jonas Aidoo – 4.9 RPG
  • Assists: Zakai Zeigler – 5.4 APG, 2.3 TOPG, 28.7 MPG

Tennessee Tech

  • Points: Jayvis Hardy — 12 PPG, 43.2 FG%, 43.9 3PT%
  • Rebounds: Diante Wood — 3.6 RPG
  • Assists: Jayvis Hardy — 2.3 APG, 1.7 TOPG, 31.1 MPG

Last Season Results


  • Record: 25-11 (11-7 SEC)
  • Sweet 16 loss

Tennessee Tech

  • Record: 16-17 (11-7 OVC)
  • No postseason tournament


At long last, Tennessee basketball gets the real show started tonight. We’re going to get Zakai Zeigler’s return to the court at least with limited minutes according to Rick Barnes. However, the Vols could be without transfer guard Jordan Gainey.

Still, this should be a drama free win for Tennessee. John Pelphrey has improved the Golden Eagles’ program in his four years as head coach but not enough to compete with Tennessee on this stage.

I’ll be watching for how Tennessee rebounds the basketball and how the rotations look with both Zakai Zeigler and Santiago Vescovi back in fold. Vols cruise in this one.

Tennessee 87, Tennessee Tech 51

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