How many days until basketball season starts? Tennessee fans need something to count down to after the football team’s disastrous 0-2 start.
Good news! We’re a month and 20 days out. Rick Barnes and his staff will attempt to reload after seeing Grant Williams, Admiral Schofield, Jordan Bone and Kyle Alexander leave for the NBA. Lamonte Turner, Jordan Bowden and five-star freshman guard Josiah James remain, looking to keep the Vols hot on the basketball court.
They won’t have much time to figure things out before being tested, however. Tennessee fears no one on its non-conference slate — Rick Barnes has always scheduled tough during his time on Rocky Top and this year may be his toughest yet. Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Memphis, Florida State and Washington are just a few of the teams that the Volunteers will face before Christmas. Add in an SEC-Big 12 Challenge matchup with Kansas and you’ve got quite the non-conference slate.
On Tuesday, Tennessee’s league schedule was finalized by the SEC. It features an opening day matchup against the LSU Tigers in Knoxville, while finishing at home against Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers.
A late February game at home against the Florida Gators, along with a March trip to Rupp Arena could loom large with NCAA Tournament seeding implications.
Here’s the full SEC slate.
Tennessee’s 2019-20 SEC Schedule
Jan. 4: LSU, Noon ET
Jan. 7: at Missouri, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11: South Carolina, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15: at Georgia, 7 p.m.
Jan. 18: at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21: Ole Miss, 9 p.m.
Jan. 28: Texas A&M, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 1: at Mississippi State, 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: at Alabama, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: Kentucky, 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: Arkansas, 7 p.m.
Feb. 15: at South Carolina, 6 p.m.
Feb. 18: Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22: at Auburn, Noon
Feb. 26: at Arkansas, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 29: Florida, 2 p.m.
Mar. 3: at Kentucky, 9 p.m.
Mar. 7: Auburn, Noon