Vols face UTEP in Atlantis opener

Vols face UTEP in Atlantis opener


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Tennessee will go to the tropics to begin their chase for a berth in March Madness.

The Vols will face UTEP in their opening round game in the 2013 Battle 4 Atlantis, to be played in Nassau, Bahamas on Nov. 28.

The game will be tip-off at 9:30 p.m. ET and be televised by NBC Sports Net.

The Vols will play three tournament games on three consecutive days.

The winner of the Tennessee-UTEP game will face the victor of the first-round game between Xavier and Iowa.

The opposite side of the 2013 Battle for Atlantis bracket features first-day matchups between Villanova-Southern California and Kansas-Wake Forest.

UTEP returns three starters and seven lettermen from last year's 18-14 squad that finished third in Conference USA with a 10-6 league mark. UTEP also introduces a recruiting class led by McDonald's All-American Isaac Hamilton.

The Volunteers return national honors candidates in senior wing Jordan McRae and the frontcourt tandem of Jeronne Maymon and Jarnell Stokes.

Other returning starters include guards Josh Richardson and Armani Moore. An experienced bench will be bolstered by five newcomers.

In head coach Cuonzo Martin's third season on Rocky Top, Tennessee looks to be among the teams vying for a spot in the various preseason top-25 polls. 

Tennessee has faced UTEP just once previously on the hardwood, with the Miners notching a 77-57 victory Dec. 28, 1962, in El Paso, Texas.

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