Matchups seen for the first day of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament


Add another date and another opponent to the Tennessee basketball schedule.

The Vols will play Butler in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis on November 23, with the start time set for 7:30 pm Eastern Time on ESPN2.

It’s the fourth and final game of the first day in the eight-team tournament in the Bahamas. Defending national champion Kansas plays North Carolina State at Noon Eastern Time on ESPN. Dayton-Wisconsin follows at 2:30 ET on ESPN or ESPN2, then Southern California plays BYU at 5 pm ET on ESPN2.

Tennessee is 2-3 in five games against Butler, with the most recent being a 94-68 loss at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in December 2015. The Vols beat Butler at Thompson-Boling Arena in 2014 and in the NCAA Tournament in Birmingham in 2008 .

Butler beat Tennessee in New York in November 2006 and won its first matchup with the Vols in 1958, 81-66 in Indianapolis.

The other known non-conference opponents on the 2022-23 so far are Colorado, Texas, Maryland and Arizona.

The Colorado game is set for November 13 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, completing a three-year, three-game contract between the two schools. The Vols won in Knoxville in 2020 and in Boulder last season.

Maryland is another neutral-site game, scheduled for December 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game is part of the Hall of Fame Invitational, a quadruple header of basketball games that also includes Oklahoma State-Virginia Tech, Iona-St. Bonaventure and UMass-Hofstra.

Texas and Tennessee match up in the Big 12-SEC Challenge for a second straight year when the Longhorns visit Thompson-Boling Arena on January 28. The Vols lost 52-51 in Austin last season.

The game will be the eighth appearance for Tennessee in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. The Vols are 4-0 at home, beating Kansas (2021), West Virginia (2019) and Kansas State (2014, 2017). On the road the Vols beat Iowa State (2018) and lost at Kansas (2020) and TCU (2016), along with the loss at Texas.

The game at Arizona, with the date not yet announced, is the second game of a home-and-home series that began last December, when a 19th-ranked Tennessee team upset a sixth-ranked and undefeated Arizona team 77-73 at Thompson – Bowling Arena.

Tennessee basketball’s SEC opponents for the 2022-23 basketball season were announced in June.

While dates have not yet been set, the Vols will host Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. They’ll travel to Auburn Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Tennessee has added four players in its 2023 signing class so far, headlined by five-star wing Julian Phillips. The Vols also added four-star Knoxville point guard BJ Edwardsfour-star wing DJ Jefferson and Indiana State graduate-transfer shooting guard Tyreke Key.

Six players from last season’s roster left the program. Freshman point guard Kennedy Chandler entered the NBA Draft while five others transferred: senior guard Victor Bailey (George Mason); freshman wing Quentin Diboundje (East Carolina); freshman power forward Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (Louisville); freshman center Handje Tamba (Weber State); sophomore shooting guard Justin Powell (Washington State).

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