Tad Smith Coliseum, home of the Ole Miss Rebels, is the SEC's least impressive basketball venue. It's old and dark and not exactly drenched in glorious history.
But none of that should matter to Tennessee's basketball team that pays a visit tonight.
The Vols get a court that's 94 feet long and two baskets 10 feet high. It's just another job site, same as Tuscaloosa or Madison Square Garden.
Their work is finding a way to hang around and give themselves a chance in the final few possessions.
And, ultimately, their job is actually closing out a road win. That's been the hard part.
The Vols are 0-4 in true road games this season, Last year's team was 3-8, bringing coach Cuonzo Martin's UT road slate to 3-12.
Road wins — especially conference road wins — are prized possessions in college basketball. There are few moments players enjoy more.
Also, the NCAA tournament selection committee assigns great value to road wins. Road losses at Oakland and College of Charleston last winter figured in sliding the Vols off the NCAA bubble into the NIT.
Breaking through tonight in the Tad Pad is a stiff challenge. Ole Miss is the surprise of the SEC.
Even after breezing through a light non-conference schedule at 11-2, the Rebels were in general lightly regarded.
Now they're 4-0 in the SEC schedule, including a 92-74 romp at UT and an overtime win at Vanderbilt.
Tennessee hasn't gotten over the hump, but has shown enough grit to hang around. Georgetown and Alabama were final-possession losses.
A 46-38 loss at Virginia was a four-point game inside the final minute. Kentucky's 75-65 final margin last week was its biggest of the game, which was tied with 6:27 to play.
Contrast that to last year when the Vols got whacked by 25 at Kentucky, 18 at Vanderbilt and 18 by Memphis.
So, from that perspective, UT is making progress.
On the other hand, here's what a champion looks like:
UT's 2008 SEC champion Vols went 9-2 in true road games, including 6-2 in league play. But what's more impressive is that aside from a laugher at South Carolina, every road win was single digits.
Five wins were by five or fewer points. That's a team that knew how to close out a tight road game.
It's a lesson this team — admittedly a less talented one — has yet to learn.
Tonight will be a formidable test, but there are six more to come after. If the Vols can close out several of them it will make all the difference.