Rick Barnes’ Vols will welcome the Tigers to Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday, Jan. 4 at noon as the first of their five Saturday home SEC games. The others are South Carolina (Jan. 11), Kentucky (Feb. 8), Florida (Feb. 29) and Auburn (March 7), which is the regular-season finale.
Tennessee hosts midweek home games against Mississippi (Jan. 21), Texas A&M (Jan. 28), Arkansas (Feb. 11) and Vanderbilt (Feb. 18).
The Vols' nine SEC road games will be played at: 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).
Tennessee will take a break from conference play on Jan. 25 to compete in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Vols will travel to Kansas to battle the Jayhawks at historic Allen Fieldhouse.
Nashville again will be host of the SEC tournament, which is set for March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena.
Tennessee's longest homestand is a three-game stretch from Dec. 21 through Jan. 4 that includes contests against Jacksonville State, Wisconsin and LSU. Tip times and television information for nonconference games will be announced at a later date.
Led by senior guards Jordan Bowden and Lamonte Turner, the Vols will enter the season riding the nation’s longest active home winning streak. They’ve won 26 straight at Thompson-Boling.
Tennessee’s SEC schedule
Jan. 4 — LSU at Tennessee, ESPN2/U, Noon
Jan. 7 — Tennessee at Missouri, SEC Network, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 — South Carolina at Tennessee, SEC Network, 1 p.m.
Jan. 15 — Tennessee at Georgia, ESPN2/U, 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 — Tennessee at Vanderbilt, SEC Network, 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 — Ole Miss at Tennessee, SEC Network, 9 p.m.
Jan. 28 — Texas A&M at Tennessee, SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 — Tennessee at Mississippi State, ESPN/2/U, 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 — Tennessee at Alabama, ESPN/2/U, 7 p.m.
Feb. 8 — Kentucky at Tennessee, CBS, 1 p.m.
Feb. 11 — Arkansas at Tennessee, ESPN/2/U, 7 p.m.
Feb. 15 — Tennessee at South Carolina, SEC Network, 6 p.m.
Feb. 18 — Vanderbilt at Tennessee, SEC Network, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 — Tennessee at Auburn, CBS, Noon
Feb. 26 — Tennessee at Arkansas, SEC Network, 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 29 — Florida at Tennessee, ESPN/2/U, 2 p.m.
March 3 — Tennessee at Kentucky, ESPN/2/U, 9 p.m.
March 7 — Auburn at Tennessee, ESPN/2/U, Noon
March 11-15 — SEC Tournament (Bridgestone Arena, Nashville)