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Tennessee Basketball announces home-and-home with Louisville beginning this season

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Tennessee Basketball has scheduled a home-and-home with Louisville, with the Vols starting the two-game series on the road in November. The two programs announced the series on Thursday afternoon.

The Vols will face the Cardinal on Saturday, November 9 at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. The second game is set for December 16, 2025 at the Food City Center in Knoxville.

Louisville won just eight games last season, finishing 8-24 before firing Kenny Payne after he went 12-52 in two seasons at the school.

Pat Kelsey, the former Winthrop and Charleston head coach, was hired at Louisville in March. He went 75-27 in three seasons at Charleston, taking the Cougars to two NCAA Tournaments. He went 186-95 in nine seasons at Winthrop, going to the NCAA Tournament twice. 

Tennessee and Louisville have played 20 times dating back to 1913, but haven’t matched up on home courts since playing four games between December 2001 and January 2005. The Cardinal went 4-0 in the two home-and-homes.

The two teams last met in November 2018, when Tennessee won 92-81 in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center in New York City. Louisville beat the Vols 79-60 in Charlotte in the Sweet 16 in March 2008. 

Marquee non-conference games during the Rick Barnes Era

Marquee non-conference home-and-home games have been a staple of the Rick Barnes era at Tennessee. Dating back to 2015-16, the Vols have scheduled games with North Carolina, Gonzaga, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Cincinnati and Memphis. They’ve also played charity exhibition games at Michigan State and Clemson. 

Tennessee this season will play at Illinois in December, finishing a home-and-home that started with a win in Knoxville last season. It was reported last week that the Vols will play Miami in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Tennessee’s 2024-25 schedule, which has not yet been announced, will also have two games in the Bahamas in November in the Baha Mar Hoops Tournament, which has a four-team field that also includes Baylor, St. John’s and Virginia.

Tennessee to go home-and-home with Kentucky, Florida and Vandy in SEC play

The SEC On May 13 announced conference opponents for next season, with dates to be announced later in the year. 

Tennessee will play home-and-homes with Kentucky, Florida and Vanderbilt. The Vols will also host Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri and South Carolina at Food City Center next season.

They’ll play road games at Texas, Oklahoma, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, along with Kentucky, Florida and Vanderbilt.

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