Alarms will toll early for the Tennessee men's basketball team Tuesday.
The destination will be San Juan. The mission will be the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
A flight out of Knoxville is scheduled for 5 a.m. that day.
"I think we land at Puerto Rico at about 2:30, then we'll practice around 5:30, 6, then have dinner at 8," coach Cuonzo Martin said Wednesday on a teleconference for the early season tournament. "Then we go from there."
The Vols are expected to head south with a 1-0 record following Friday night's home opener against Kennesaw State, who finished 3-28 last year and 0-18 in the Atlantic Sun.
When they arrive, a familiar foe will be waiting.
Eddie Biedenbach calls Tennessee, "Someone that we have had trouble with for a long time."
The longtime UNC Asheville coach, entering his 17th season, is 0-8 against the Vols with an average margin of defeat of 21.4 points per game. That number is inflated by a 124-49 thrashing in 2009-10. Last year the Vols barely snuck by the Bulldogs in a four-point win.
Biedenbach will take his ninth shot at Tennessee next Thursday in Puerto Rico. He's long wanted a home game against UT. Instead, the two programs, separated by 117 miles, meet 1,550 miles away from Asheville.
"It's a two-hour drive from here in Asheville and we have tried to get them to come here," Biedenbach said. " I thought that was going to work out at one time but now with the new arena we might be able to swing that."
Biedenbach said he had discussions with former UT executive director of athletics John Currie about the Vols visiting Asheville's Kimmell Center before Currie departed for Kansas State.
"We need for some of those big schools to come in here and cause a little more interest and Tennessee would be a great one to," Biedenbach said.
For now, Puerto Rico will have to do.
Reese Update: A positive note for Tennessee, freshman guard Derek Reese briefly participated in basketball activity on Wednesday.
Reese, who suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in the summer, had been spending practices solely doing rehabilitation work. On Tuesday he participated in some layup drills, using only his left hand.
Reese, whose grandmother, Irma Montanez, was born in Puerto Rico, still has a long road to recovery. Stepping on the floor, though, is a step in the right direction.