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Tennessee vs Florida Live Thread

The Vols and Gators collide in Tennessee's SEC home opener.

The Nike smokey greys make their debut tonight.
The Nike smokey greys make their debut tonight.
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9-4 (1-0)
KenPom 22
RPI 21
January 6, 2016
7:00 p.m. ET | Thompson-Boling Arena - Knoxville, TN
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Live Audio: Vol Network

Tennessee logo
7-6 (0-1)
KenPom 104
RPI 107

The SEC home opener for the Vols brings one of the nation's best defenses to Knoxville.  This will be the first real test against a great defense for Rick Barnes' squad; it will be interesting to see how Kevin Punter and the Vols respond.

A bit of series history:  after Bruce Pearl won eight of his first nine against Billy Donovan's Gators, Florida swept the Vols in Pearl's last year.  Then Cuonzo Martin won his first three tries against Florida, making the Vols an unbelievable 11-4 against Florida from 2006-13.  But since then Florida has won four straight, three from their top-ranked squad in 2014.

If you're watching along live tonight we invite you to join us in the comments below.  Go Vols.