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Tennessee forward Tariq Owens (11) scrambles for the ball with Kansas State forward Nino Williams (11) during their NCAA college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)


By Grant Ramey of the Knoxville News Sentinel


The Tennessee men’s basketball team will host Kansas State in this season’s Big 12/SEC Challenge game on Jan. 28, 2017 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

It’s a familiar matchup for both teams. The Vols beat Kansas State 65-64 in the 2014 Big 12/SEC Challenge in Knoxville, during former coach Donnie Tyndall’s lone season at Tennessee.

Kansas State finished 17-16 last season, missing the postseason after falling to Kansas 85-63 in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The Wildcats went 5-13 in Big 12 play.

Tennessee had a 14-point lead at TCU in last season’s Challenge game, but the Horned Frogs outscored the Vols 48-22 to win 75-63 at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Only two players are left on roster — senior Robert Hubbs III and junior Detrick Mostella — from Tennessee’s win over Kansas State two years ago. Hubbs scored six points in 17 minutes and Mostella had five points in 15 minutes.

Rick Barnes, entering his second season as Tennessee’s coach, went 12-11 against Kansas State during his 17 years at Texas.

Kansas State joins Chattanooga, ETSU, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Gonzaga as Tennessee’s known nonconference opponents this season.

The Vols will open the regular season against Chattanooga and will reportedly play at ETSU on Dec. 22. Tennessee will host Georgia Tech, travel to play North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center for the first time program history and will play Gonzaga at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.



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Tennessee basketball to host Kansas State in Big 12/SEC Challenge – Knoxville News Sentinel