KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — After dropping a close conference game versus Arkansas on Tuesday, Tennessee looks to get back on track at No. 24 Florida on Saturday afternoon.
The Vols sit barely over .500 at 8-6, but their tough early-season schedule — ranked No. 15 nationally — gives them confidence heading into a challenging road contest against the Gators (11-3, 2-0 SEC) despite being 12-point underdogs.
“When we go on the road, it’s just us against everybody,” freshman guard Jordan Bone said. “We’ve got to have each other’s backs and fight as a family. We’ve just got to execute our game plan when we go to Florida. We have to just play as a team.”
Florida is undefeated at its recently renovated and renamed Exactech Arena this season, but Tennessee has had some recent success in hostile environments, winning at both East Tennessee State and Texas A&M in the last two weeks.
“It’s just our mindset,” Bone said on the Vols’ recent road wins. “It’s us against everybody, so we just come together as a team and play together.”
Tennessee basketball vs. Florida game time, details
Date: Jan. 7, 2017
Time: 5:15 p.m. ET
Location: Exactech Arena
Vegas Line: Florida -12
What TV Channel is Tennessee basketball vs. Florida on?
The game is televised on ESPN2.
How can I watch Tennessee basketball vs. Florida online?
The game is available on WatchESPN.com
Who is calling the Tennessee basketball game vs. Florida
Tom Hart will handle the play-by-play duties and Dick Vitale will provide the color analysis.
How can I listen to Tennessee basketball vs. Florida
The game will be on Sirius channel 119 and XM 191. The game will also be on all Vol Network affiliates.
• The Vols snapped their four-game losing streak to the Gators last season with an 83-69 win almost one year ago to the day. Rick Barnes moved to 1-0 against UF, as senior guard Kevin Punter poured in 26 points in the blowout victory.
• A win Saturday would be Tennessee’s first against a ranked foe this season. The Vols have dropped close games to then-No. 13 Oregon, No. 7 North Carolina and No. 8 Gonzaga.
• Gators sixth-man Canyon Barry, the youngest son of NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry, averages 11.6 points per game off the bench. The former College of Charleston standout transferred to Florida this summer.
* Florida will “black out” the newly minted arena, wearing all-black uniforms for the first time in seven years.
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