The SEC finalized Tennessee’s 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule on Friday, giving the Vols home games against Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Florida and Missouri.
The Vols’ home date with defending national champion Kentucky is slated for 1 p.m. on Feb. 16 and will be nationally televised on CBS (WVLT locally). UT visits the Wildcats on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
Nine of Tennessee’s 18 league games will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU. The others will be broadcast on the SEC Network, FSN or CSS.
One Thursday night road game/Saturday afternoon home game turnaround, which UT coach Cuonzo Martin was openly critical of in his first season, appears on the schedule. The Vols play at Ole Miss the evening of Jan. 24 and then play host to Alabama at 2 p.m. on Jan 26.
In addition to Mizzou, the SEC’s other new face, Texas A&M, will play host to UT on Feb. 23 in College Station. Tennessee last traveled to A&M in 2002 and dropped an 83-66 decision.
The Vols have a 2-4 all-time record against Mizzou, with the last meeting coming in Knoxville in 1985, a 67-54 UT win. When the two meet at Thompson-Boling Arena in the season finale, it will mark the last home game for UT seniors Jeronne Maymon, Dwight Miller and Rob Murphy.
Tennessee opens league play at home on Jan. 9 against Ole Miss.
Jan. 9, 2013 vs Ole Miss - 8 p.m. - SEC Network
Jan. 12, 2013 at Alabama - 1 p.m. - ESPN2
Jan. 15, 2013 at Kentucky - 7 p.m. - ESPN
Jan. 19, 2013 vs Mississippi State - 4 p.m. - SEC Network
Jan. 24, 2013 at Ole Miss - 7 p.m. - ESPN/2
Jan. 26, 2013 vs Alabama - 2 p.m. - ESPN/2
Jan. 29, 2013 vs Vanderbilt - 7 p.m. - ESPNU
Feb. 2, 2013 at Arkansas - 4 p.m. - ESPN2
Feb. 6, 2013 vs Georgia - 8 p.m. - SEC Network
Feb. 10, 2013 at South Carolina - 1 p.m. - FSN
Feb. 13, 2013 at Vanderbilt - 8 p.m. - SEC Network
Feb. 16, 2013 vs Kentucky - 1 p.m. - WVLT
Feb. 19, 2013 vs LSU - 7 p.m. - ESPNU
Feb. 23, 2013 at Texas - A&M - 4 p.m. - SEC Network
Feb. 26, 2013 vs Florida - 9 p.m. - ESPN
March 2, 2013 at Georgia - 1:30 p.m. - SEC Network
March 6, 2013 at Auburn - 9 p.m. - CSS
March 9, 2013 vs Missouri - 4 p.m. - ESPN/2