Tennessee basketball will play in the 2024 Baha Mar Hoops tournament in the Bahamas. The tournament announced the four-team field including Baylor, St. John’s, Tennessee and Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
— Baha Mar Hoops (@BahaMarHoops) November 19, 2023
The 2024 tournament will be the third Baha Mar Hoops tournament and includes the best field to date. Louisville won the inaugural tournament in 2021, UCF won in 2022 and Miami currently leads Kansas State in the 2023 championship game.
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Baylor and Virginia are two of the nation’s best programs in the last decade. The Bears won the 2021 National Championship and Scott Drew has the Bears as consistently one of the Big 12’s best teams. Baylor has made eight of the last nine NCAA Tournaments.
Virginia was widely criticized for its NCAA Tournament struggles under Tony Bennett before winning the 2019 National Championship. The Cavaliers have also made eight of the last nine NCAA Tournaments.
St. John’s doesn’t have any recent success but hired Rick Pitino to rebuild its program this offseason. The four-team tournament will take place in November but the exact dates have yet to be announced.
Tennessee currently only has one non conference game locked into its 2024-25 schedule: a road matchup at Illinois.
Long before the Vols head to the Bahamas, they’ll play three games at the 2023 Maui Invitational. Tennessee begins play at the Maui Invitational on Monday afternoon against Syracuse.