The UT basketball programs will be part of history on Jan. 15 when ESPN's College GameDay visits Thompson-Boling Arena.

It will mark the first time GameDay has broadcast from a school hosting a doubleheader in basketball on the same day.

The Volunteers begin the day against Vanderbilt at noon ET and the Lady Vols will tip-off against the Commodores at 8 p.m. ET.

"The opportunity to host GameDay and share the national spotlight with Pat Summitt and the Lady Vols is really going to draw attention to a combined basketball program that's as good as any in the nation," said men's coach Bruce Pearl. "Our rivalry with Vanderbilt often flies under the radar - in comparison to Kentucky or Florida - and this will be an opportunity for ESPN to demonstrate the rich traditions of both schools here in Tennessee."

GameDay's visit to Knoxville will be the show's first of the 2010-2011 college basketball season and is sure to have the Tennessee crowd fired up for the two games.

"It will be an 'All Vol' day taking on SEC and cross-state rival Vanderbilt," Summitt said. "This will be a treat for Tennessee basketball fans and great exposure for both the Lady Vols and the Vols."

Summitt has arguably been the face of women's basketball.
The Lady Vols have won eight national championships under her leadership.
She had amassed an NCAA-record 1,037 wins entering this season, her 38th as Lady Vols head coach.
The university even named the court inside Thompson-Boling Arena "The Summitt" following a 2005 Lady Vols home game in her honor.

Pearl has elevated the Tennessee men's program from near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference to national prominence, and one that has become a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament.

The Vols advanced to the Elite Eight last season for the first time in school history.
The Vanderbilt game has special importance to Pearl, who dawns an orange blazer each time the Vols play either the Commodores or the Wildcats of Kentucky.

Pearl wears the orange blazer as a tribute to former Vols coach Ray Mears, who made the jacket famous during his coaching tenure in "Big Orange Country" from 1963-77.

Pearl, however, won't coach his team in the Vanderbilt game as part of an eight-game conference suspension handed down by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, relating to an ongoing NCAA investigation. Associate head coach Tony Jones will step in for Pearl during his absence and will coach the Vols against Vanderbilt.

Pearl and his program are under the gun for hosting an illegal barbecue at the head coach's home, and later lying to NCAA investigators regarding the incident. He has since admitted to lying to the NCAA and the school is awaiting word on possible NCAA sanctions.

While this GameDay has added significance for the university by incorporating the women's program into the event, it be the fourth time the men's program has been a part of the show during its seven-year history, and the second time from Thompson Boling-Arena.

GameDay was on hand last season to witness the Vols' 61-60 victory over the Florida Gators on Jan. 31 and its 73-62 loss on the road at Kentucky in Rupp Arena on Feb. 13.

The show also traveled to Memphis in 2008 for the Feb. 23 showdown between the No.1-ranked Tigers and No.2-ranked Vols. Tennessee defeated Memphis 66-62, catapulting that team atop the national polls for the first time in program history.

GameDay airs Saturday, Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and at 11 AM/ET on ESPNU. Fans can learn more about College GameDay on the show's website at www.espn.com/gameday and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ESPN_CollHoops and Facebook at www.facebook.com/espncollegehoops.