Tennessee will be facing a familiar foe when it opens women’s basketball play at the Junkanoo Jam on Thanksgiving Day in the Bahamas.
The Lady Vols will play Virginia — a team they’ve played 16 times previously — at 2 p.m. at St. George’s High gymnasium in Freeport.
Kansas State and SMU will play in second game of the four-team Lucaya Division bracket.
The winners will play at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29. The third-place game will precede the championship game at 4:45
There is no word yet whether the games will be televised.
Tennessee will make its first trip outside the country since playing three games at the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Nov. 25-27, 2010.
UT leads the all-time series versus Virginia, 13-3, but the Cavaliers have won two of four. In the last meeting, an unranked Virginia team scored a 69-64 upset of then-No. 3 Tennessee in overtime on Nov. 20, 2011, in Charlottesville, Va.
The teams have considerable history at neutral sites, too. The Lady Vols have a 5-1 record in those games. The last was on March 25, 2000. Tennessee beat the Cavaliers 77-56 in an NCAA Mideast Regional semifinal game in Memphis.
The Lady Vols are 4-0 against Kansas State and have never faced SMU. The last meeting between the Wildcats and Tennessee was a 68-56 Lady Vols victory on Dec. 6, 1985, in the Northern Illinois Fastbreak Fest in DeKalb, Ill.
Four other teams — Penn State, Oregon State, Illinois State and Florida — will be competing in the Freeport Division bracket of the Jam.