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Tennessee Basketball: Vols schedule home-and-home with Cincinnati

The Vols and Bearcats will face off in 2019 and 2020.

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Tennessee is over halfway through their non-conference slate for the 2018-19 season, but that hasn’t stopped them from setting future non-conference contests.

On Tuesday, Tennessee announced that they have scheduled a home-and-home series with Cincinnati for the 2019 and 2020 season.

In December 2019, the Vols will head to Ohio to face the Bearcats at Fifth Third Arena on Dec. 18, 2019 while the Bearcats will travel to Knoxville on Dec. 12, 2020.

The match up should make for another intriguing out-of-conference clash as Cincinnati as head coach Mick Cronin has lead the Bearcats to eight consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

Cronin was a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy National Coach of the Year last season after a 31-5 record and top-10 finish in the final Associated Press poll.

Tennessee and Cincinnati have met on the hardwood a total of six times, with the Bearcats holding a 1-5 advantage in a series that dates back to 1952.

Rick Barnes is 0-1 versus Cronin, dating back to his stint with Texas where the Longhorns lost to No. 6 Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.