KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee hosts No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday in what will be possibly the biggest game of the season.
The Vols rank No. 20 in the nation. This is the first ranked home game in Thompson-Boiling Arena since 2010 in the Bruce Pearl era.
The Vols last played on Dec. 9 against Lipscomb. The break gave the team plenty of time to focus on improving themselves.
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said the team has to get better from where it is right now.
Barnes demands a lot from forward Grant Williams. He is the only member of the Vols who can consistently perform like a first-team All-SEC player.
He will be tested Sunday by North Carolina’s front line. The most interesting matchup will Williams vs. Luke Maye. Maye has averaged 19.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season.
Williams has averaged 13.5 points per game and 6.9 rebounds.
Tennessee-North Carolina basketball: Game info, details
- Time: Tip-off is at 3 p.m. ET on December 17, 2017
- Location: Thompson-Boling Arena
- Records: Tennessee 7-1; North Carolina 9-1
- Series: North Carolina leads 9-1
- Last meeting: North Carolina won 73-71 in 2016
How can I watch the game?
The game can be watched on ESPN.
How can I live stream the game?
The game can be seen on the WatchESPN app. (Cable or satellite subscription required.)
How can I listen to the game?
The game will air on the Vol Sports Network. Check local listings.
Projected Vols starting lineup
- Point guard: Sophomore Jordan Bone
- Shooting guard: Sophomore Jordan Bowden
- Small forward: Junior Admiral Schofield
- Power forward: Sophomore Grant Williams
- Power forward: Junior Kyle Alexander
What’s next for Tennessee?
The Vols face Furman on Dec. 20 at Thompson-Boling Arena.