Basket Vols, Lady Vols open seasons Tuesday night

KNOXVILLE, (WVLT) -- The men's and women's basketball teams were both set to play their first games of the regular season Tuesday night.

The Vols were set to host UNC-Ashville at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET on SEC Network +.

Tennessee, in its lone exhibition contest on Wednesday night, took down Eastern New Mexico, 107-59 in comprehensive fashion. The Vols saw 20+ point performances from their two senior returners, Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden, along with a scoring contribution from all 12 players who saw game action. This will be the Vols and Bulldogs 11th all-time meeting, with UT looking to uphold its perfect record against UNCA.

The match up was also set be the 10th against a team from North Carolina during the Rick Barnes era. Barnes, a Hickory, North Carolina native, has made a habit of scheduling opponents from his home state. The Vols hold a strong 7-2 record against teams located in North Carolina.

The Lady Vols were also set to open their regular season schedule Tuesday night, but away from home with a game at ETSU. The contest would mark the first for Kellie Harper as Tennessee head coach.

The Lady Vols headed into the game having defeated Carson-Newman last Tuesday in their lone exhibition game, 70-44. ETSU did not play in an exhibition contest.

On starting on the road, Coach Harper said,"At this point, I am just excited to get started. I am going to be partial towards Thompson-Boling Arena, so I am going to want to play here as much as we can, but it will be good for us to get a road trip under our belts early in the season."

Coach Harper was also asked if she expected to see a lot of orange up in Johnson City Tuesday night? Her response was a resounding yes saying, "I totally expect to see orange in the gym when we walk in Tuesday night for the game. I think there are a lot of people that have high expectations and anticipation for what this team is going to look like. I know we have a lot of Tennessee fans up in the Tri-Cities area, so hopefully they will come out and support the Lady Vols."

Tip-off is slated for 7:02 p.m. ET Tuesday at Freedom Hall, with the game being carried by WVLT sister station, MyVLT.