Tennessee basketball meets Colorado in Nashville

The No. 11 basketball from Tennessee (1-0) is back in action Sunday afternoon when it travels to Nashville at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN to take on Colorado (1-1) at Bridgestone Arena. Sunday’s game at the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators completes the current three-game streak with the buffs.

GoVols247’s Ben McKee will be seated on the sidelines and will be providing live updates on The Checkerboard throughout the game. You can follow all day coverage from Music City by clicking the link below.

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The Vols have been 4-0 against Colorado since 1980. The Vols won at Knoxville to open the 2020-21 season before traveling to Boulder last year and winning 69-54. During the Barnes era, the Vols are 4-2 against Pac-12 teams.

Tennessee clinched a 75-43 win over Tennessee Tech in last Monday night’s season opener. Indiana State Graduate Transfer Tyreke Key scored a game-high 17 points with four made 3-pointers on his home debut while on guard as a sophomore Zakai Zeigler had 12 points and five assists.

The game will be streamed 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 tune in live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp call the action. Broadcasting is also available on channel 135 or 190 on SiriusXM and channel 961 on the SiriusXM app.

Colorado suffered an 83-74 loss to Grambling last Friday night in the Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series. The loss marked the first time the Buffs have lost to a SWAC school. KJ Simpson scored 16 points for Colorado after beating UC Riverside 82-66 in their opener last Monday.

Here’s what Rick Barnes said Friday afternoon about Colorado.

About the three-year streak with Colorado:

“I just have a lot of respect for that Tad Boyle. I mean how he does things. I think every time you play his team and you’re associated with his program, it’s a compliment. And the fact of the matter is that it happened during COVID because we’d both been pinned against the wall that year. It was just that back then they could get here more easily than we could get there. Then we agreed on a home-and-home, then Nashville. I mean his teams, he’s done an amazing job building this program. I know that he is very well liked and loved there. His teams will be basically healthy. You will compete. They will challenge you in every area. His employees do an excellent job. They will know as much about us as we know about them. When you play a three-game series, you get to know each other pretty well. It will come down to us having to carry them out because there will be no secrets. You will know what we are trying to achieve.”

On Colorado:

“They are different, obviously a little bit different. I think they play faster. Tad does a lot of good things. They move well off the ball and do a lot of what they do with their staggering action. Again they play with more speed, I would imagine it could be a fast game that we can join. We have to guard them because they have players who are capable of scoring and if they don’t get ready sooner they will take advantage of that.”

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