Tennessee basketball adjusts schedule to play Vanderbilt twice this week

The Tennessee basketball Volunteers and Vandy Commodores now have a home and home on this week’s schedule.

After a solid road win over the Texas A&M Aggies Saturday, changes came to the Tennessee basketball schedule for the upcoming week. Now, they will face the same team twice in a week, and it just so happens to be against an in-state foe.

UT is now set for a home and home with the Vanderbilt Commodores this week. The SEC announced that the Vols will visit Vandy on Tuesday night and then host them, as originally scheduled, Saturday evening.

This postponement is due to Tennessee basketball’s initial Tuesday matchup at the South Carolina Gamecocks being postponed due to COVID issues within the program. Vandy was set to visit the Missouri Tigers that same day, but that game was also postponed due to Mizzou having COVID issues as well.

Due to Mizzou’s and USC’s problems, it made sense for the Vols and Commodores to face off twice this week. Rocky Top moved to 10-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC Saturday with its huge win in College Station, Texas. Vanderbilt, meanwhile, fell to 4-5 and 0-3 in the SEC with an 84-81 loss at home to the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Rick Barnes’ team is no stranger to COVID-related postponements. The Vols had to cancel their first four games against the VCU Rams, Charlotte 49ers, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish to an outbreak within UT.

They then added the Colorado Buffaloes and Saint Joseph’s Hawks while moving around other opponents. Another game against the UT Martin Skyhawks that was scheduled for Dec. 9 was postponed due to issues within that program.

Make-up dates have not yet been announced for either game. Ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 8 in the Coaches Poll, Tennessee basketball has nothing to gain and everything to lose by facing Vanderbilt twice this week. However, as the Alabama Crimson Tide have already proven, they can’t take anything lightly.