Tennessee’s 22nd basketball team returns to action on Thanksgiving Day to play its second game at Battle 4 Atlantis. In the second of three games in three days while in the Bahamas, the Vols (3-1) are scheduled to kick off USC (4-1) at 1:30 pm ET.
Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) will have the call on ESPN2. Fans can also watch the game online or on any mobile device via WatchESPN by clicking HERE. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN app or online at espn.com/watch.
Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Brian Rice and Bert Bertelkamp describing the action. To listen to the game on Vol Network, click HERE. It can be heard in Knoxville on 99.1 WNML-FM or statewide through local affiliates. It can also be heard on Satellite Radio on SiriusXM channel 85 or channel 961 on the SXM app.
Tennessee beat Butler 71-45 on Wednesday night behind a strong second half in which it outscored the Bulldogs 43-22. The Vols used a 10-0 run to end the first half and a 17-1 run midway through the second half to improve to 3-1 in the youth season despite being without a senior guard. Josiah Jordan James for knee pain. James has been on a minutes restriction to start the season following offseason knee surgery.
“It was a very physical first half and I thought the way we closed the first half was a very important part of the game,” said the Vols coach. rick barnes he said after the game. “We had a great game off our bench with some key guys in foul trouble not getting the minutes they normally do. Overall a great team win for us.”
santiago vescovi he was Tennessee’s leading scorer against Butler. The senior guard scored 13 points, all in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting and 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range. Vescovi also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
First year student julian phillips he was one of two other Vols to score double figures. In addition to the 10 points of Zakai Zeigler, Phillips scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, had two assists, one steal and one block. Zeigler added five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
This week marks the third time Tennessee has participated in Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Vols took home a fifth-place finish in 2013 and a third-place finish in 2017. The Vols are 5-2 overall in the event. Coming off their win over Butler on Wednesday night and facing USC on Thursday afternoon, the Vols will play their third and final game of the week on Friday against either Kansas or Wisconsin.