Hitting the pause button for a quick second on football, the SEC has released Tennessee’s 2021-22 basketball schedule. The 18 game conference slate is set to begin with a big one — at Alabama on December 29th. The Volunteers will host Ole Miss for their first home matchup of the SEC slate.
January 15th will mark Tennessee’s annual trip to Rupp Arena to face Kentucky. The Wildcats will return the favor on February 15th, making their trip to Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols will make an early trip south to face LSU on January 8th, while the Tigers till come north on January 22nd.
Tennessee will close the conference slate with two meetings against Arkansas during the final three weeks. A game at home against Bruce Pearl and Auburn, along with road trips to Georgia and Missouri are wedged in between.
This conference schedule joins a packed non-conference that will test Kennedy Chandler and the Volunteers early. Neutral site games against Memphis and Texas Tech, along with a road game against Colorado highlight the early part of the slate. Tennessee will also make an appearance in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, where they will face Villanova and then either Purdue or North Carolina. Arizona will make an appearance in Knoxville in December, adding another high-profile opponent to the schedule.
The Vols will also travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns as a part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, previewing a future conference matchup.
2021-22 Tennessee Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Saturday, October 30: TBD (Exhibition)
Tuesday, Nov. 9: UT-Martin
Sunday, Nov. 14: ETSU
Saturday, Nov. 20: Villanova (Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
Sunday, Nov. 21: Purdue/North Carolina (Hall of Fame Tip-Off)
Friday, Nov. 26: Tennessee Tech
Tuesday, Nov. 30: Presbyterian
Saturday, Dec. 4: at Colorado
Tuesday, Dec. 7: Texas Tech (in New York)
Saturday, Dec. 11: UNC Greensboro
Tuesday, Dec. 14: USC Upstate
Saturday, Dec. 18: Memphis (in Nashville)
Wednesday, Dec. 22: Arizona
Saturday, Jan. 29: at Texas (SEC/Big 12 Challenge)
2021-22 Tennessee Men’s Basketball SEC Schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 29: at Alabama
Wednesday, Jan. 5: Ole Miss
Saturday, Jan. 8: at LSU
Tuesday, Jan. 11: South Carolina
Saturday, Jan. 15: at Kentucky
Tuesday, Jan. 18: at Vanderbilt
Saturday, Jan. 22: LSU
Wednesday, Jan. 26: Florida
Saturday, Jan. 29: SEC/Big 12 Challenge (at Texas)
Tuesday, Feb. 1: Texas A&M
Saturday, Feb. 5: at South Carolina
Wednesday, Feb. 9: at Mississippi State
Saturday, Feb. 12: Vanderbilt
Tuesday, Feb. 15: Kentucky
Saturday, Feb. 19: at Arkansas
Tuesday, Feb. 22: at Missouri
Saturday, Feb. 26: Auburn
Tuesday, March 1: at Georgia
Saturday, March 5: Arkansas