Vols' SEC basketball schedule begins with LSU

Vols' SEC basketball schedule begins with LSU

September 10th, 2019 by Gene Henley in Sports - College

KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee men's basketball team finalized its 2019-20 schedule Tuesday with the announcement of the Southeastern Conference slate.

With the official addition of nine home games against SEC competition, the Volunteers will have a total of 17 dates at Thompson-Boling Arena, where they have won 26 straight games, most in the country.

The nonconference schedule, which includes eight home dates featuring matchups against Memphis and Wisconsin, previously was announced.

Tennessee's league schedule starts at home against defending regular-season champion LSU on Jan. 4. The Vols later will host South Carolina (Jan. 11), Ole Miss (Jan. 21), Texas A&M (Jan. 28), Kentucky (Feb. 8), Arkansas (Feb. 11), Vanderbilt (Feb. 18), Florida (Feb. 29) and Auburn (March 7).

The Vols travel to Missouri (Jan. 7), Georgia (Jan. 15), Vanderbilt (Jan. 18), Mississippi State (Feb. 1), Alabama (Feb. 4), South Carolina (Feb. 15), Auburn (Feb. 22), Arkansas (Feb. 26) and Kentucky (March 3).

The SEC tournament begins on March 11 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Tennessee returns senior guards Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner, who will be expected to lead an otherwise young roster. Turner averaged 11 points per game last season, and Bowden was right behind at 10.6.

The Vols also will be relying on highly touted 6-foot-6 freshman Josiah James in a potent three-guard lineup, while expecting to get some quality contributions from players such as 6-9 junior forward John Fulkerson and 6-6 swingman Jalen Johnson.

Tennessee has applied for an NCAA waiver for 7-foot-1 Arizona State transfer Uros Plasvic that would make him immediately eligible. If that is approved, Plasvic likely will replace Kyle Alexander, who is a member of the NBA's Miami Heat.

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TENNESSEE MEN'S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Oct. 30 – Eastern New Mexico (exhibition)

Nov. 5 – UNC Asheville

Nov. 12 – Murray State

Nov. 16 – Washington (James Naismith Classic in Toronto)

Nov. 20 – Alabama State

Nov. 25 – UT-Chattanooga

Nov. 29 – Florida State (Emerald Coast Classic, Niceville, Fla.)

Nov. 30 – VCU or Purdue (Emerald Coast Classic, Niceville, Fla.)

Dec. 4 – Florida A&M

Dec. 14 – Memphis

Dec. 18 – at Cincinnati

Dec. 21 – Jacksonville State

Dec. 28 - Wisconsin

Jan. 4 – LSU

Jan. 7 – at Missouri

Jan. 11 – South Carolina

Jan. 15 – at Georgia

Jan. 18 – at Vanderbilt

Jan. 21 – Ole Miss

Jan. 25 – at Kansas

Jan. 28 – Texas A&M

Feb. 1 – at Mississippi State

Feb. 4 – at Alabama

Feb. 8 – Kentucky

Feb. 11 – Arkansas

Feb. 15 – at South Carolina

Feb. 18 – Vanderbilt

Feb. 22 – at Auburn

Feb. 26 – at Arkansas

Feb. 29 – Florida

March 3 – at Kentucky

March 7 – Auburn