UT men, women to play Vanderbilt as part of College GameDay

Tennessee basketball will make ESPN programming history when it hosts the first men’s and women’s doubleheader featured as part of College GameDay on Jan. 15 against Vanderbilt in Thompson-Boling Arena.

The UT men tip off against the Commodores at noon while the Lady Vols play Vanderbilt at 8 p.m. Both games will be televised by ESPN.

“The fact ESPN is coming in to do a doubleheader shows that Tennessee has the best basketball program in the country, led by Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols,’’ UT men’s coach Bruce Pearl said. “As for our men’s program, we said when we came here we wanted to be elite.’’

Indeed, the Vols will have the longest streak of ESPN College GameDay appearances in the nation when GameDay returns to Knoxville for the fourth consecutive season and first time since Tennessee beat Florida, 79-63, in 2009.

“Four GameDay appearances, three Sweet 16s and an Elite 8, the longest running streak of NCAA appearances (five) in the SEC and the fourth-highest attendance in the nation ...’’ Pearl said, “are indicators of where our program is at.’’

Summitt’s eight-time national championship program has been at the top for decades. The event marks only the second time in the history of the college basketball version of GameDay that a women’s game has been featured. Notre Dame played at Connecticut last year.

“It’s very exciting for us, and obviously great exposure for our programs,’’ Summitt said. “It doesn’t happen all the time, so it’s special when GameDay comes to Knoxville.’’

College GameDay features show host Rece Davis with returning analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight.

There will be two editions of the College GameDay show in Knoxville on Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

“With the fan passion and dedication for its men’s and women’s programs, Tennessee was a natural fit to be our doubleheader site,’’ Nick Dawson, director, ESPN programming and acquisitions, said in a release. “We are confident the university and Coach Pearl and Coach Summitt will have the fans fired up and ready to go for GameDay and the national game telecasts.’’

The Lady Vols have won 20 of the past 21 meetings with Vanderbilt, including a three-game sweep last season capped by a decisive 68-49 win in the SEC tournament.

The Vols look to avenge Vanderbilt’s sweep last season, the first since Pearl took over the UT program six years ago.

Worth Noting: The Vols are 2-1 in GameDay appearances, winning at then-No. 1 Memphis in what was then the most-watched ESPN basketball game, 66-62 in 2008, beating Florida 79-63 in Knoxville in 2009 and falling to Kentucky 73-62 last year in Lexington.

The Vols attained the longest GameDay streak when North Carolina and UCLA were not included in this year’s scheduling.

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eduardo writes:

Why the heck are the men playing at noon and the women at 8:00 on a Sat. night?? This is an outrage!!!! Do you go to a concert to see the headline act first?? No!! Rididiculous!!!

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to eduardo:

Why the heck are the men playing at noon and the women at 8:00 on a Sat. night?? This is an outrage!!!! Do you go to a concert to see the headline act first?? No!! Rididiculous!!!

This is actually a really good thing. We won't have to sit through a Lady's game to see what we really came for.

brod writes:

in response to Chris4Vols22:

This is actually a really good thing. We won't have to sit through a Lady's game to see what we really came for.

agreed.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Come on, guys, lighten up. The Lady Volunteers have earned the right to be on prime time national tv. And the Volunteers will be on prime time national tv any number of other times during the season. This is a good thing for both programs, alot of exposure and national chatter about our basketball prowess. There's nothing here to complain about, quite the opposite.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to brod:

agreed.

Love it when guys with "Mommy" issues comment on sports. For MANY years CPS was the only BB coach on campus. Let's be thankful we now have two.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Come on, guys, lighten up. The Lady Volunteers have earned the right to be on prime time national tv. And the Volunteers will be on prime time national tv any number of other times during the season. This is a good thing for both programs, alot of exposure and national chatter about our basketball prowess. There's nothing here to complain about, quite the opposite.

Nail on the head.

Celebrate the national exposure, as TBA dominates a weekend of television.

tennrich1 writes:

Man, who could have predicted this when we hired BP. I am really proud of our BB teams.....As far as I'm concerned, Mike Hamilton can go for a while on this hire.....

VOLinNYC writes:

This is immensely great for the state, the city and the university. So proud that UT was selected for this particularly unique event in college basketball.

I wouldn't mind seeing the men play at night instead, but its not an "outrage" like some idiots above posted.

Can't we be ecstatic that we actually have the brand and programs to do this? We have fans that complain about every damn detail. Get a life or get Valium.

volboy81 writes:

who cares who plays when! Real Vol fans will be at both games doing our part to help beat the commode doors!
GO VOLS!!
GO LADY VOLS!!

MemphoVol writes:

in response to eduardo:

Why the heck are the men playing at noon and the women at 8:00 on a Sat. night?? This is an outrage!!!! Do you go to a concert to see the headline act first?? No!! Rididiculous!!!

The Lady Vols ARE the headline act! How many national championships have the men's team won? The court is named The Summit, not, The Pearl!

budd#207344 writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Vicki,
You should write children's books. you make up such good fairy tales.

MANVOL writes:

And the Brain washing continues.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

in response to MemphoVol:

The Lady Vols ARE the headline act! How many national championships have the men's team won? The court is named The Summit, not, The Pearl!

It's actually called The Summitt.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to eduardo:

Why the heck are the men playing at noon and the women at 8:00 on a Sat. night?? This is an outrage!!!! Do you go to a concert to see the headline act first?? No!! Rididiculous!!!

eduardo - you are an idiot!

SummittsCourt writes:

Nobody has said it yet, so I'll say it. ESPN picked Tennessee not Uconvict-icut to establish history! Tennessee! That says a lot since they are next door to Uconvict-cut.

Go Vols and Lady Vols - sweep the commodores!

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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Again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again.
Even my exwife would OCCASIONALLY say something without female doggin'.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

Why are the men playing at noon? Where has this responder been? The men are playing at noon because ESPN wants them to play then. If you think that UT or any other university has anything to do with the times scheduling of TV games, you have been living in a cave for a long time.....

mad_poly_uct writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Nobody has said it yet, so I'll say it. ESPN picked Tennessee not Uconvict-icut to establish history! Tennessee! That says a lot since they are next door to Uconvict-cut.

Go Vols and Lady Vols - sweep the commodores!

It's history only in the sense of ESPN's broadcasting life. CBS was first to broadcast a men's & woman's doubleheader in '95 between UConn & Kansas.Besides, if ESPN were to have chosen UConn for this honor, what would dolts like you be screaming?...'oh, well it figures, they're right next door in their back pocket!!!...' lmfao...but congrats! Having Gameday on campus is a lot of fun. Enjoy.

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

Should be a good game day! That cross state rivalry is always tough against Vandy. Oh Melanie Balcom always has a tough offensive set to deal with. Come away with victories Volunteers!

richvol writes:

in response to VolnotHAMILTONfan:

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BS...like you would know.

rbut5252#220065 writes:

Perhaps ESPN wants Pearl's men's team on at noon to serve as a good "lead-in" to the day's broadcasting. Every network show wants to have a good "lead-in".

RandRams writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

Again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again,again,and again,and again,and again,and again.
Even my exwife would OCCASIONALLY say something without female doggin'.

LOL! Mine too!

martinvol34 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Come on, guys, lighten up. The Lady Volunteers have earned the right to be on prime time national tv. And the Volunteers will be on prime time national tv any number of other times during the season. This is a good thing for both programs, alot of exposure and national chatter about our basketball prowess. There's nothing here to complain about, quite the opposite.

Thanks for saving the three chauvanist idiots before you. The Lady Vols remain the premier program at Tennessee and when the boys get their first National Championship, then "maybe" someone can have something negative to say regarding them being the featured event. Smile.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to PINK_CHAMPAGNE:

Should be a good game day! That cross state rivalry is always tough against Vandy. Oh Melanie Balcom always has a tough offensive set to deal with. Come away with victories Volunteers!

IMHO, one would have to say that the real rivalry is between the UT and Vandy men. In a true rivalry, each side has to win sometime; the Lady Vol margin against the Vandy women is almost like the UT v. Vandy or v. UK football matchups. I know the LVs have had a number of close games with Vandy over the years, but the men's matchups in terms of wins and losses have run neck-and-neck for years now.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Every needs to stop acting liike they just got B slapped.....We're getting a national forum for our Men's and Women's basketball programs......Enough with all of the drama!

Pompey writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Man, who could have predicted this when we hired BP. I am really proud of our BB teams.....As far as I'm concerned, Mike Hamilton can go for a while on this hire.....

You can credit Hamilton with the hire if you want but the man most responsible for BP coming to UT is Ernie G.........

TommyJack writes:

in response to Pompey:

You can credit Hamilton with the hire if you want but the man most responsible for BP coming to UT is Ernie G.........

Grunfeld supported the hire. But no former player is the decider in a situation like this.
Time to stop the female doggin about Hamilton.

peerlessvolfan writes:

in response to hcjournals#206623:

Every needs to stop acting liike they just got B slapped.....We're getting a national forum for our Men's and Women's basketball programs......Enough with all of the drama!

Well said!

Jephry writes:

in response to PINK_CHAMPAGNE:

Should be a good game day! That cross state rivalry is always tough against Vandy. Oh Melanie Balcom always has a tough offensive set to deal with. Come away with victories Volunteers!

I think you meant to say, "Melanie Balcom always has undersized, underhanded players to deal with..."

PINK_CHAMPAGNE writes:

in response to Jephry:

I think you meant to say, "Melanie Balcom always has undersized, underhanded players to deal with..."

Yeah! That to!

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