KNOXVILLE -- Forget Tennessee's 65-60 overtime loss to Alabama on Saturday evening, head-scratching though it might be. Forget, too, that this was the Volunteers' second OT defeat on home hardwood in this Southeastern Conference basketball season.
Both of those facts may indeed be important as UT attempts to stay in the hunt for an SEC East championship halfway through the conference season. As is the fact that leading scorer Scotty Hopson missed his second straight start with a high ankle sprain.
But what most of the Big Orange Nation is anxiously anticipating arrives Tuesday night at Kentucky's Rupp Arena. UT coach Bruce Pearl returns from his eight-game league suspension just in time to slip on that neon orange blazer against the Wildcats.
Or as Vols junior guard Cameron Tatum said when asked if Pearl's return could be any better timed: "No, it couldn't."
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