KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee has lost four of its last six games, limping to the finish line despite an NCAA Tournament berth at stake.
The Vols (15-13, 7-8 SEC) didn’t squander their tourney hopes with the home defeat to Vanderbilt on Wednesday, but they face a must-win scenario Saturday at South Carolina (1 p.m., SEC Network).
“We’ve got to go out there and do what we do,” senior guard Robert Hubbs III said. “We still have a lot at stake right now, so we’ve got to go out there and execute and do what we do and hopefully come out with a win.”
ESPN and FOX Sports list Tennessee among its “First Four Out,” and the Vols are running out of chances to secure another quality RPI win. Tennessee also is looking for its first road victory in nearly a month.
In a matchup of two desperate teams, the Vols will face a reeling Gamecocks squad that’s lost three straight. South Carolina (20-8, 10-5 SEC) defeated Tennessee 70-60 earlier this season in Knoxville.
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Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina game time
Date: Feb. 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
Line: South Carolina -6.5
What TV channel is Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina on?
The game will be televised by the SEC Network.
How can I watch Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina online?
The game will be streamed on WatchESPN.com
Who is calling Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina?
Mike Morgan will handle the play-by-play, while Pat Bradley will provide the analysis.
How can I listen to Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina?
The game will be on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 136 and XM channel 190. The Vol Network also will broadcast the game through all of its affiliates, with Bob Kesling doing the play-by-play and Bert Bertelkamp providing analysis.
Tennessee basketball vs. South Carolina storylines
• Tennessee likely will be without freshman wing Jordan Bowden for the second consecutive game. The Knoxville native, who is averaging 8.1 points this season, missed the loss against Vanderbilt with pneumonia.
• SEC Player of the Year candidate Sindarius Thornwell leads South Carolina in points (21.2), rebounds (7.4) and steals (2.3).
• Tennessee is 1-3 in rematch games this season, defeating Ole Miss, while losing to Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.
• The Gamecocks lead the SEC in scoring defense, allowing 64.7 points per game. They’ve also held their opponents to an SEC-best 39.8 field-goal percentage.
• Tennessee’s strength of schedule ranks No. 8 nationally, per ESPN.