#11 Tennessee Vols Basketball plays Colorado at Bridgestone Arena, Sunday – Clarksville Online

#11 Tennessee (1-0) vs. Colorado (1-0)
Sunday, November 13th, 2022 | 1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET
Nashville, Tennessee | Bridgestone Arena | TV: ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – The 11th-ranked Tennessee men’s basketball team travels to Mid-State this weekend and takes on Colorado on Sunday at 1:00 pm CT at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Fans can watch Sunday’s game on ESPN and online or on any mobile device via WatchESPN. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN app or online at espn.com/watch. Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Jimmy Dykes (analyst) will have the call.

Fans can also hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp detail the action live on their local Vol Network affiliate. Broadcasting is also available on channel 135 or 190 on SiriusXM and channel 961 on the SiriusXM app.


Tennessee (1-0) opened its season Monday in Knoxville, defeating Tennessee Tech 75-43. On his Tennessee debut, college grad Tyreke Key had a game-high 17 point with four made 3-pointers while second guard Zakai Zeigler had 12 points and five assists.

Sunday’s matchup marks the final meeting of a three-game series between the Vols and Buffs. Tennessee defeated Colorado in the 2020-21 season opener in Knoxville and also won the return trip in Boulder last season. Sunday also marks the first of the Vols’ three trips to the state capital this season — Tennessee will play in Vanderbilt on Feb. 8 and return for the SEC tournament for a third time in March.

The series

Tennessee leads its all-time streak with Colorado 4-0 from 1980.

Sunday’s game completes the current three-game contract in this series. The Vols won in Knoxville to open the 2020-21 season and also knocked off the Buffs in Boulder last season. See page 4 for a full summary of last year’s meeting.

The Volunteers are 22-12 all-time against current members of the Pac-12 conference, while head coach Rick Barnes is 34-23 against the Pac-12 opposition.

During the Barnes era, the Vols are 4-2 against Pac-12 teams.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle served as Tennessee’s administrative assistant/director of basketball operations under head coach Jerry Green during the 1997-98 season. This team finished 20-9 and earned a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Colorado assistant coach Rick Ray was the head coach of Mississippi State from 2012 to 2015.

scouting report

Sunday marks Tennessee’s first of two regular season games outside of Knoxville against Pac-12 opponents. The Vols play Arizona on December 17th.

The Volunteers are 10-9 all-time at Bridgestone Arena.


Tennessee returns to Bridgestone Arena March 8-12 for the SEC tournament.

The Vols were 13-1 last season when they made 10 or more 3-pointers. They made 14 on Monday against Tennessee Tech.

The Volunteers hit a Barnes-era high with 17 steals Monday against Tennessee Tech. Nine different Vols had a steal in the win, with Tyreke Key, Santiago Vescovi and Jahmai Mashack recording three each.

The Vols go into Sunday’s showdown healthy after Josiah-Jordan James returned to the lineup for Monday’s opener.

Tennessee has solid depth, with nine players playing at least 10 minutes against the Golden Eagles.

layup lines

Tennessee tested itself before the end of the regular season with two show matchups against long-time favorites Michigan State and Gonzaga.

The Volunteers used a dominant second half to defeat No. 2 Gonzaga 99-80 on Oct. 28 in Frisco, Texas. See page 3 for more.

Senior Santiago Vescovi and sophomore Zakai Zeigler were named to the preseason All-SEC First Team by the league’s head coaches. The coaches also picked senior Josiah-Jordan James as their second team pick. All three Vols also ended up in the media’s preseason All-SEC teams.

Vescovi and Zeigler also both made the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s 50-man Naismith Trophy watch list.


After Sunday’s duel with Colorado, UT returns home on Wednesday to host the Florida Gulf Coast. The Vols then embark on Monday, November 21st for Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.

About the Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado defeated UC Riverside 82-66 at home in Monday’s season opener. The Buffaloes will play one more game on Friday at Grambling State before taking on Tennessee on Sunday in Nashville.

CU also defeated Nebraska in a charity show on October 30 at home, 72-61.

The Buffaloes finished last season 21-12 (12-8 Pac-12) and qualified for the NIT.

Colorado head coach Tad Boyle is in his 13th season as the Buffaloes head coach. During the 1997-98 season, Boyle served as an assistant in Tennessee on the staff of former Vols coach Jerry Green.

Boyle has a 255-155 record as Colorado head coach. The Buffaloes recorded 23 wins over ranked opponents during his tenure.

Also on the Colorado team is former Mississippi State and Southeast Missouri State head coach Rick Ray. Tennessee compiled a 4-1 record against Ray during his time at Mississippi State.

Two Colorado players earned preseason All-Pac 12 recognition — junior forward Tristan da Silva (second team) and guard KJ Simpson (honorable mention) as a sophomore.

During last season’s game against Tennessee, da Silva started and had 11 points in 34 minutes while Simpson played 25 minutes off the bench and scored seven points.


da Silva and junior guard Nique Clifford are Colorado’s only returning starters from last season. Jabari Walker (NBA draft), Evan Battey (graduation) and Keeshawn Barthelemy (transfer to Oregon) all left the program after last season.

Last season against Colorado

Vol’s true freshman Kennedy Chandler posted a career-high 27 points as No. 13 Tennessee beat Colorado 69-54 on the road on Dec. 4, 2021.

The Volunteers snapped up Colorado’s nine-game winning streak at the CU Events Center. The Buffaloes also saw their six-game winning streak halted at home against top-25 opponents.

Chandler shot 13-to-20 off the field in 36 minutes and led the Vols in both scoring and minutes played.

Compared to Chandler’s 13-for-20 shooting performance, Colorado’s five starters combined were 13-for-40 out of the field.

Santiago Vescovi was Tennessee’s second-leading scorer with 13 total points on a perfect 5-on-5 shooting from the field, including 3-on-3s from 3-point range. John Fulkerson joined Chandler and Vescovi with 10 points in double digits and also added six rebounds.

In his first game back after missing three games through injury, Josiah-Jordan James recorded a team-high +22 in his 26 minutes. James scored five points and had team-bests in both rebounds (9) and blocks (4).


After Colorado went into halftime 10 behind, he cut Tennessee’s lead to five four times in the second half but never got close.

When the Buffaloes cut the Vols’ lead to five for the last time at 50-45 with 8:34, James responded with a deep 3-pointer from the left wing that started a 10-2 run in Tennessee. From that point on, Colorado never reduced its deficit below nine points.

In the first half, Tennessee shot 48 percent from the field — helped by 16 points from Chandler — and went into halftime with a 34-24 lead.

Hot from the start, Colorado took an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes. However, Tennessee quickly responded with an 11-2 run to take an 11-10 lead.

The Vols and Buffs went back and forth until a layup by Chandler spurred a 14-5 run in Tennessee late in the half. Chandler scored 12 of Tennessee’s points during the run. He finished the first half with 16 points on 8-for-11 shooting.

Tennessee held Colorado to 19-to-55 (.345) shooting — the Buffaloes’ lowest field goal percentage at home since Dec. 12, 2017.

Dynamic Quartet signs with Tennessee

The Vols signed four dynamic prospects Wednesday, giving Tennessee a signing class ranked 8th nationally, according to 247Sports and Rivals.

Those signers, who are slated to sign up this summer, are guard Cameron Carr (Eden Prairie, Minnesota), point guard Freddie Dilione (Fayetteville, North Carolina), forward JP Estrella (Scarborough, Maine) and forward Cade Phillips (Jacksonville, Alabama).

Comprehensive excellence

Tennessee’s Men’s Hoops Squad isn’t the only team consistently enjoying success on Rocky Top.
During the 2021-22 academic year, Tennessee won the SEC Men’s All-Sports Trophy and finished second in the SEC Women’s All-Sports standings. The Vols and Lady Vols won five SEC Team Championships in 2021-22.


Tennessee teams currently ranked in their respective national top 25 polls include soccer (#5), women’s basketball (#5), men’s golf (#7), women’s swimming and diving (#7) , men’s basketball (No. 11), men’s swimming & diving (No. 13), men’s cross-country skiing (No. 20), and women’s soccer (No. 22).

Next for the UT men’s basketball

The Tennessee Vols basketball team returns home for one last home game against the Florida Gulf Coast before heading to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. The home fight against the Eagles is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. and is scheduled to be broadcast by SEC Network+.

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