The Tennessee Volunteers will face their first true road test today, heading across the state to face the Memphis Tigers. It’s the first meeting between the two in-state rivals since 2013. It’s the first of three games we’ll see between the two schools over the next three seasons. Memphis will travel to Knoxville next year, then meet the Vols in Nashville in 2020.
The Tigers currently sit at 5-4 in year one of the Penny Hardaway era. Their loses have come from LSU, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Charleston. Their best win comes against a pretty good South Dakota State squad.
The FedEx Forum is sold out today and the hype is back around Memphis basketball. They probably don’t quite have the talent to win big just yet, but it feels like this rivalry is about to get back to what it once was.
You know the Vols are going to get the Tigers’ best shot today.
TV Channel: ESPN 2
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Tip-off time: Noon eastern
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Radio: Vol Network
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