KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UT) -- Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin unveiled the Volunteers' 2013-14 schedule Tuesday. In addition to the perennially rugged 18-game Southeastern Conference gauntlet, non-conference highlights include clashes with NC State, Xavier, Virginia and 2013 Final Four participant Wichita State.
The Vols will host 17 regular-season home games on Rocky Top. Last season, the Big Orange averaged 17,395 fans per game at Thompson-Boling Arena, marking the program's eighth straight season finishing in the top six nationally in regular-season home attendance.
Tennessee's preseason exhibition slate, as well as tipoff times and TV designations for several non-conference games, have yet to be established.
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A UT squad that returns 64 percent of its scoring and 73 percent of its rebounding from a season ago opens the regular season on the road at Xavier Nov. 12. It's the first time Tennessee has opened the season away from Knoxville since the 2004-05 campaign.
The Vols then return home for a three-game homestand against USC Upstate (Nov. 16), The Citadel (Nov. 18) and Tennessee State (Nov. 22).
A trip to Paradise Island, Bahamas, signals Tennessee's participation in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Nov. 28-30. The Vols open the event facing UTEP before then meeting up with either Iowa or Xavier. The opposite side of the bracket features Kansas, Southern California, Villanova and Wake Forest.
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Four of UT's five games during the month of December take place at home. The Vols host Tennessee Tech (Dec. 7), NC State (Dec. 18), Morehead State (Dec. 23) and Virginia (Dec. 30). The lone road test is a big one, as the Vols travel to face Wichita State Dec. 14. The Shockers lost to the Vols in Knoxville last season but finished the year with a flurry, advancing all the way to the Final Four.
On Jan. 4, Tennessee renews its series with Tusculum College. The Division II school located in Greeneville, Tenn., visits Thompson-Boling Arena as the programs square off in a regular-season game for the first time since 1944.
The Volunteers open their SEC slate at LSU Jan. 7, but it is one of only three road games for the Big Orange that month.
Tennessee hosts Texas A&M (Jan. 11), Auburn (Jan. 15), Arkansas (Jan. 22) and Ole Miss (Jan. 29). Other January road games take place at Kentucky (Jan. 18) and Florida (Jan. 25).
In February, UT travels to Alabama (Feb. 1) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 5) for back-to-back games before hosting consecutive home contests against South Carolina (Feb. 8) and Florida (Feb. 11).
On Feb. 15, Tennessee makes its first trip to Missouri since 1984. And UT closes out the month of February with consecutive road games at Texas A&M (Feb. 22) and Mississippi State (Feb. 26).
The March schedule features a home clash with Vanderbilt (March 1), a trip to Auburn (March 5) and a home regular-season finale against Missouri (March 8).
Atlanta's Georgia Dome is the site of the 2014 SEC Tournament, which takes place March 12-16.
All of the SEC's intra-conference games included in the ESPN package (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, SEC Network, Fox Sports Net and CSS) will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Each SEC intra-conference game shown on CBS also will be streamed on CBSSports.com and CBS Sports Mobile.
The 2014 NCAA Tournament commences with first-round games in Dayton, Ohio, March 18-19. Second- and third-round sites include Buffalo, N.Y., Milwaukee, Wis., Orlando, Fla., and Spokane, Wash. (March 20 & 22) and Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio, Texas, San Diego, Calif., and St. Louis, Mo. (March 21 & 23).
Regional host cities are Anaheim, Calif., and Memphis, Tenn. (March 27 & 29) and Indianapolis, Ind., and New York City.
The 2014 Final Four takes place at AT&T Stadium (home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys) in Arlington, Texas.
2013-14 Tennessee Basketball Schedule
12/13 at Xavier Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
11/16/13 vs. USC Upstate Knoxville TBA
11/18/13 vs. The Citadel Knoxville TBA
11/22/13 vs. Tennessee State Knoxville TBA
Battle 4 Atlantis
11/28/13 vs. UTEP TV Paradise Island, Bahamas 9:30 p.m. ET
11/29/13 Iowa or Xavier TV Paradise Island, Bahamas 1 p.m. or 7 p.m. ET
11/30/13 TBD Paradise Island, Bahamas TBA
12/07/13 vs. Tennessee Tech Knoxville TBA
12/14/13 at Wichita State TV Wichita, Kan. 2:00 p.m. ET
12/18/13 vs. NC State TV Knoxville 7:00 p.m. ET
12/23/13 vs. Morehead State TV Knoxville 7:00 p.m. ET
12/30/13 vs. Virginia Knoxville TBA
01/04/14 vs. Tusculum Knoxville TBA
01/07/14 at LSU * TV Baton Rouge, La. 7:00 p.m. ET
01/11/14 vs. Texas A&M * TV Knoxville 6:00 p.m. ET
01/15/14 vs. Auburn * TV Knoxville 7:00 p.m. ET
01/18/14 at Kentucky * TV Lexington 12:00 p.m. ET
01/22/14 vs. Arkansas * TV Knoxville 8:00 p.m. ET
01/25/14 at Florida TV Gainesville, Fla. 4:00 p.m. ET
01/29/14 vs. Ole Miss TV Knoxville, Tenn. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/01/14 at Alabama * TV Tuscaloosa, Ala. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/05/14 at Vanderbilt * TV Nashville, Tenn. 8:00 p.m. ET
02/08/14 vs. South Carolina * TV Knoxville 3:00 p.m. ET
02/11/14 vs. Florida * TV Knoxville 7:00 p.m. ET
02/15/14 at Missouri * TV Columbia, Mo. 4:00 p.m. ET
02/18/14 vs. Georgia * TV Knoxville 9:00 p.m. ET
02/22/14 at Texas A&M * TV College Station, Texas 3:00 p.m. ET
02/26/14 at Mississippi State * TV Starkville, Miss. 8:00 p.m. ET
03/01/14 vs. Vanderbilt * TV Knoxville 12:00 p.m. ET
03/05/14 at Auburn * TV Auburn, Ala. 8:00 p.m. ET
03/08/14 vs. Missouri * TV Knoxville 4:00 p.m. ET
*denotes SEC game
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