UT game vs. UNC officially sold out

Knoxville, Tenn. (UT Sports)-- Tennessee's men's basketball game against defending national champion North Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 17 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN) has officially been announced as a sellout. It is Tennessee's first sellout at Thompson-Boling Arena since Feb. 17, 2015.

Vol Pass holders will have access to select their seats 48 hours prior to tipoff.

UNC (7-1) is ranked 10th in this week's Associated Press top-25 poll and 11th in this week's coaches poll. The Volunteers landed at No. 24 in this week's AP poll, marking UT's first appearance in the top 25 since December of 2010.

Last season in Chapel Hill, the Vols led the seventh-ranked Tar Heels for nearly 31 minutes before UNC rallied for a narrow, 73-71 win. The Tar Heels have not visited Knoxville since 1949.

Tennessee's Rick Barnes—a native of Hickory, North Carolina—and UNC's Roy Williams are 6-6 in head-to-head meetings during their careers. Both rank among the top 10 active head coaches in total Division I victories.

This year's game closes out a two-game, home-and-home contract between the border-rival programs.

A very limited number of tickets remain available for Tennessee's home game against Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 6 (9 p.m. ET, SEC Network).

While spring classes will not have begun by Jan. 6, all residence halls on campus are opening at 3 p.m. ET that day so that UT students can make plans to arrive back in Knoxville in time to cheer on the Volunteers as they seek to record their third consecutive home win over the rival Wildcats.

Tickets for the Kentucky clash can be purchased online at AllVols.com, by visiting the UT Ticket Office at Thompson-Boling Arena or by calling 1-800-332-8657.