Vols to play home-and-home basketball series with Virginia

Tennessee has reached a tentative agreement to play Virginia in a home-and-home men's basketball series beginning next season in Charlottesville, according to a source in UT's program.

The source requested anonymity because the schedule has not been released and is not authorized to comment.

The Vols have not played the Cavaliers since March 18, 2007, when UT defeated Virginia 77-74 in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Columbus, Ohio.

UT's most recent trip to Charlottesville was on March 23, 1992, when the Cavaliers won, 77-52 in the National Invitation Tournament. Virginia owns a 7-4 advantage in the series, which began in 1917, a game UT won 23-21 in Charlottesville.

The Vols are in the process of making their 2012-13 schedule, which will include 18 SEC games with the inclusion of Missouri and Texas A&M.

The 2012-13 season represents the final year of contracted games with Oakland and Memphis, and both teams are expected to play in Knoxville next season.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner has been vocal about his desire to end the home-and-home series with the Vols, an annual event each of the past seven seasons. The schools have yet to negotiate a future contract, and scheduling between Memphis and UT in other sports is expected to play a role in the discussion.

UT coach Cuonzo Martin said he's willing to continue the Memphis series, which UT leads 14-10, but he'll accept whatever athletic director Dave Hart negotiates without any problem.

Martin has said he might be interested in exploring other options that would get the Vols exposure in Memphis, saying UT could discuss playing Arkansas in FedEx Forum or the convention center annually.

"I know Missouri and Illinois play each year in St. Louis — they call it 'Arch Madness,' " Martin said

Playing in Memphis is attractive because the city regularly turns out a number of Division I prospects. The Vols recently landed mid-term enrollee Jarnell Stokes out of the Bluff City, and Martin is involved in recruiting numerous other standout players in the city.

UT has not had any official discussions with Arkansas about moving the annual league game, which would likely require SEC league office approval.

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cwbytruckers writes:

This is a series that should be a lot older than it is. Hope it continues for many years.

GerryOP writes:

Great!

LJS1984 writes:

in response to cwbytruckers:

This is a series that should be a lot older than it is. Hope it continues for many years.

I'm surprised Va. Tech isn't a series played more often than UVA. Blacksburg is only about 4 hours from Knox, Charlottesville can be a 6 hour drive.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor bet(guess) is us trying to get more exposure in the DC market and N Virginia. Witch Doctor say some might fine Football players(J Hunter comes to mind lol) come from around that area..maybe some BBall?
Bones never lie.

eduardo writes:

Still dont like the wahoos much after getting robbed against Sampson and Co. back in the day in the NCAA tourney!

johnlg00 writes:

Not ducking anybody with that series. UVA is back on the rise after a number of years in the wilderness. I hear they have a REALLY nice new gym. Tough to make much headway in the ACC with Duke and UNC, but the 'Hoos are more than respectable this year.

Bubba_Knows writes:

After watching a HS team from Maryland play, maybe we should get in that market. WOW! They ran a Washington DC team off the court.

volboy81 writes:

I hope UT starts a series in Memphis with someone. We dont need Tiger High to play in Memphis...it would be even better playing there and leaving them out altogether! We could play someone like Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Illinois...someone close enough to bring some fans!

Colliervol writes:

in response to volboy81:

I hope UT starts a series in Memphis with someone. We dont need Tiger High to play in Memphis...it would be even better playing there and leaving them out altogether! We could play someone like Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Illinois...someone close enough to bring some fans!

Ditto. Because of the current contract, I don't believe they would be able to play at the FEDEX Forum but they certainly could schedule it at the Desoto Center in Southhaven, MS. I think it seats about 9,000 for basketball.

As noted many times, it will be a happy day for this Shelby County Big Orange fan when the series with Memphis is cancelled in ALL sports. Our budget will not miss them in the least and 95% of our fan base (including most that I know) doesn't give a rip if we play them or not.

Tiger4Life writes:

you wont be playing anyone at Fed Ex Forum unless its Memphis. It will look great to recruits that the flagship university in the UT system (and 2nd best program currently and historically in state) had to go to Southaven, MISSISSIPPI to play for Memphis area recruits that they probably wont get anyway.

kevin151 writes:

Nice I can commute to this game!

AtopTheHill06 writes:

2nd best? CBU has more athletic prowess than memphis.

14-10

Tiger4Life writes:

in response to AtopTheHill06:

2nd best? CBU has more athletic prowess than memphis.

14-10

More Final 4's, Elite 8's and sweet 16s than you'll ever see. You realize we could go the next 15 years w/out winning 1 NCAA tournament game and UT still wouldnt pass us on that list.

32-16

bas1320 writes:

in response to Tiger4Life:

you wont be playing anyone at Fed Ex Forum unless its Memphis. It will look great to recruits that the flagship university in the UT system (and 2nd best program currently and historically in state) had to go to Southaven, MISSISSIPPI to play for Memphis area recruits that they probably wont get anyway.

actually, UT-Knox is currently the 5th best basketball program in the state, according to the RPI and Ken Pomeroy

EarthBoundMisfit writes:

On one hand, UT says they don't NEED Memphis on their schedules....yet they want to play in our building an awful lot....wonder WHY?
One of the things Memphis negotiated with the Grizzlies, playing in FedEx Forum, was the right of first refusal if any other college wanted to play a game in FedEx Forum.
Think Memphis is going to allow two lower tier SEC teams who have thumbed their noses at them for years come into our building??
Hehehehehehehehehehe nope. Enjoy the DeSoto Civic Center or whatever its called now.

RickH writes:

Great! Charlottesville is just one and a half hours south of me. The last game I saw in person was when we lost to George Mason in the NIT.

mancell1871 writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

On one hand, UT says they don't NEED Memphis on their schedules....yet they want to play in our building an awful lot....wonder WHY?
One of the things Memphis negotiated with the Grizzlies, playing in FedEx Forum, was the right of first refusal if any other college wanted to play a game in FedEx Forum.
Think Memphis is going to allow two lower tier SEC teams who have thumbed their noses at them for years come into our building??
Hehehehehehehehehehe nope. Enjoy the DeSoto Civic Center or whatever its called now.

Wrong! You show me one printed anything that backs this up. The Fed Ex Forum is run and owned by the City of Memphis(Tax payers not all tigers fans) and only they determine who plays there.

mancell1871 writes:

in response to Tiger4Life:

you wont be playing anyone at Fed Ex Forum unless its Memphis. It will look great to recruits that the flagship university in the UT system (and 2nd best program currently and historically in state) had to go to Southaven, MISSISSIPPI to play for Memphis area recruits that they probably wont get anyway.

Where do you idiots get this stuff? Niether the Grizz nor Tigers OWN the FEF. The City of Memphis owns it and they are not all Tiger fans. If the the City wanted to rent it out to two teams they could no matter what the tiggers say.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to EarthBoundMisfit:

On one hand, UT says they don't NEED Memphis on their schedules....yet they want to play in our building an awful lot....wonder WHY?
One of the things Memphis negotiated with the Grizzlies, playing in FedEx Forum, was the right of first refusal if any other college wanted to play a game in FedEx Forum.
Think Memphis is going to allow two lower tier SEC teams who have thumbed their noses at them for years come into our building??
Hehehehehehehehehehe nope. Enjoy the DeSoto Civic Center or whatever its called now.

Just like another Memphis poster who made a similar erroneous observation about our apparently contradictory positions, you seem not to really understand what you are reading. SOME people on here want to keep playing Memphis or at least playing IN Memphis. OTHER people say to heck with Memphis altogether. Still others don't care that much one way or the other. I'm sure opinions vary among Tiger fans and Memphians in general as well.

Tiger4Life writes:

in response to mancell1871:

Where do you idiots get this stuff? Niether the Grizz nor Tigers OWN the FEF. The City of Memphis owns it and they are not all Tiger fans. If the the City wanted to rent it out to two teams they could no matter what the tiggers say.

Maybe you should do a little research before calling us idiots. Hoops LLC manages FedExForum. They have a contract with the Tigers to play there. In that contract, the U of M can block any regular season college basketball game not involving the Tigers from being played there. UT WILL NEVER PLAY A REGULAR SEASON GAME AT FEF UNLESS ITS AGAINST MEMPHIS. If the city pursues the SEC tournament and is awarded it, then TN will be able to take the court along w/ 11 other teams while the Tigers are playing our conference tournament in the "world's most famous arena" -- Madison Square Garden.

DougSharp writes:

I remember watching Dale Ellis in that unforgettable mismatch against Sampson on a TV screen at one of West Knoxville's first true Discos back in the day when the dance scene was king. LOL Now that's been awhile....

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to Tiger4Life:

Maybe you should do a little research before calling us idiots. Hoops LLC manages FedExForum. They have a contract with the Tigers to play there. In that contract, the U of M can block any regular season college basketball game not involving the Tigers from being played there. UT WILL NEVER PLAY A REGULAR SEASON GAME AT FEF UNLESS ITS AGAINST MEMPHIS. If the city pursues the SEC tournament and is awarded it, then TN will be able to take the court along w/ 11 other teams while the Tigers are playing our conference tournament in the "world's most famous arena" -- Madison Square Garden.

Going to MSG is an awfully long way to watch the Tiggers get beat, isn't it? Going to the Big East is definitely a step up for Tiger High, but are the school's teams ready to take that step?

DougSharp writes:

in response to illinoisvolfan:

Going to MSG is an awfully long way to watch the Tiggers get beat, isn't it? Going to the Big East is definitely a step up for Tiger High, but are the school's teams ready to take that step?

Last time the SEC was played in the pointed shape area I was there cheering on the Vols but rest of the place was full of Kentucky fans. They took over the city of Memphis that year. I was also at Memorial Col. in Nashville when the SEC revived the tourney in 84. I sat beside Jerry Clower....what a hoot! Oh well, can't see SEC going back to Memphis, but you never know.

Tiger4Life writes:

in response to illinoisvolfan:

Going to MSG is an awfully long way to watch the Tiggers get beat, isn't it? Going to the Big East is definitely a step up for Tiger High, but are the school's teams ready to take that step?

no different than some of your fans flying all the way to Hawaii to watch them lose to Memphis

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

According to R.C. Johnson (Memphis Athletic Director) U of M has the right to determine all university teams to play in FedEx Forum regardless of whether or not U of M is involved.

rtrchatt writes:

JPJ Arena at UVa is possibly the nicest on campus bb facility in the country, and C'ville
is one of the most beautiful areas in the US. Great move by the orange and the wahoos.

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