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We kickoff basketball season with the Vols in Cincinnati - follow along and participate live with us here using the internet's best commenting system.

Andy Lyons

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November 12, 2013
Cintas Center - Cincinnati, OH
9:00 PM ET
TV: Fox Sports 1
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It's the season opener between the Vols and the Musketeers, 1-0 after beating Gardner-Webb 83-59 last week. For more on the matchup, check out our full preview here and visit SB Nation's Xavier blog Banners on the Parkway.

Anyone who's watched a game early this season has commented on the number of fouls called. It's a new emphasis for referees this year, which means they'll do it a lot early to make their point. Seton Hall and Niagra have already played a game with triple digit free throw numbers this year and there's been several others threaten more of the same. It makes depth, free throw shooting, and especially size and the way post players handle it a big factor. Will Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon find the new rules to be a blessing or a curse, especially early on? And how will the Vols be affected defending Semaj Christon in tonight's contest?

If you're new to our site or our live threads, welcome and jump right in. We'll be here for every basketball game this season following along live with the action, and encourage you to join us as we follow the Vols this year. This is a big one to start - let's get it.