Lady Vols assured of another tough schedule

DESTIN, Fla. — A new era in Tennessee women's basketball won't be significantly different from the old one when it comes to scheduling.

The SEC coaches are strongly in favor of maintaining a 16-game conference schedule despite the addition of two new schools, Texas A&M and Missouri. SEC commissioner Mike Slive said he thinks the league presidents will go along with that.

Slive said he wasn't concerned about the likelihood of having different scheduling formats for men's and women's basketball within the conference.

"We treat each sport on its own merits," Slive said at the SEC spring meetings Wednesday.

The men's coaches favor an 18-game SEC schedule.

"We want to have a 16-game (SEC) schedule so we can improve our RPI by playing more (strong) teams outside the conference," said UT coach Holly Warlick, who is attending her first spring meetings after succeeding Pat Summitt as head coach last month.

A 16-game schedule would enable each school to play the other 13 conference teams once. The Lady Vols could continue to play Vanderbilt twice and also play two games against two other conference opponents on a rotating basis.

UT's 2012-13 schedule hasn't been finalized but again will include some of the top programs in women's basketball.

Warlick said the Lady Vols will play national champion Baylor, which should be an overwhelming preseason choice as the No. 1 team. The Lady Bears beat UT twice last season while going 40-0. Warlick had said earlier she would prefer to postpone that game until 2013-14.

In addition to the Baylor game in Waco, Texas, UT will play the University of Texas in Austin. It also will play non-conference road games against Miami and Georgia Tech, both of

whom made the NCAA tournament this past season.

"We'll open Georgia Tech's newly renovated arena," Warlick said.

The non-conference home schedule should be just as taxing with Final Four teams Stanford and Notre Dame coming to Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols will play Rutgers, another NCAA tournament team, and North Carolina is coming back on the schedule for a home game. The Lady Vols last played the Tar Heels in 2007.

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butch31 writes:

*F A I N T S*

LVFan2012 writes:

I know playing Baylor in Waco will be tough but you can learn a lot about your team by doing so. Putting that game off till next year would seem to imply Holly doesn't have confidence in her team. I say play 'em!

tenn32rebel writes:

in response to LVFan2012:

I know playing Baylor in Waco will be tough but you can learn a lot about your team by doing so. Putting that game off till next year would seem to imply Holly doesn't have confidence in her team. I say play 'em!

It was a tongue-in-cheek comment by Holly, meant as a joke. It loses its humor when you have to explain it!

maxvolfan#217855 writes:

Call me crazy , but I think we win all non conference except Baylor and ND. Our toughest SEC opponent will be SC .

Jephry writes:

in response to maxvolfan#217855:

Call me crazy , but I think we win all non conference except Baylor and ND. Our toughest SEC opponent will be SC .

Notre Dame will be a different team this year...should be interesting.

Also, don't forget Texas A&M... They'll be a tough conference opponent as well.

volboy81 writes:

I sure hope Holly's comment about putting Baylor off a year was tongue-in-cheek. We dont need another little Mike Hamilton to run from competition....Baylor could go unbeaten again with Mr. Griner back. This may be a tough year from what we're used to, without Pat and without the 5 seniors we lost....but we'll be okay!

ladyvolcp3 writes:

Are non-conference will be great preparation for the sec which will be a very strong conference teams like LSU,Kentucky,Texas a&m, SC, Vandy,Georgia will Be Sec Contenders....good schedule we will do fine

ps11824 writes:

Griner's broken hand could possibly set her back some, who knows? What does it matter. This year is for rebuilding anyway. Less stressful for all, I'd say, now that coaches are in place. At least the team knows who's in charge and the elephant has left the room. I mean that with all due respect to all the staff as well.

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