Shortly after the SEC unveiled its 2014 men's basketball schedule Tuesday, Tennessee released its finalized slate for the 2013-14 season.
As expected, for the first time in 60 years, Kentucky will not travel to Knoxville for a game.
The SEC no longer operates on a two-division format for basketball, meaning that the Vols are no longer guaranteed to play teams previously considered as Eastern Division rivals more than once a year.
Squads appearing twice on UT's 18 game SEC schedule are Auburn, Florida, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
In notable non-conference action, UT travels to Xavier on Nov. 12 to open the season, and faces Wichita State – a Final Four team from last year – on the road Dec. 14.
Additionally, the Vols will spend Thanksgiving on a Nov. 28-30 trip to the Bahamas for the "Battle 4 Atlantis" tournament for a game against University of Texas, El Paso and two more matchups in a tournament field including Iowa, Xavier, Kansas and Villanova.
A weak schedule has been a concern for Tennessee the past two seasons when it was passed over in the selection process for the NCAA Tournament.
At least 13 games against teams that finished in the top 150 of the 2013 RPI appear on the 2013-14 schedule.
In a recent interview with The Daily Beacon, third-year UT coach Cuonzo Martin talked about the importance of performing in the non-conference season.
"That's probably been a thing that has slowed us up for the NCAA tournament in the last two years," Martin said. "So you want to get off to a good start in preseason games and we're going to get off to a good start in preseason and go from there."
ESPN announced its Super Tuesday schedule for the 2014 men's college basketball season Monday – showcasing a game from the SEC and Big Ten every Tuesday for nine weeks beginning in January.
The Volunteers' conference opener at LSU on Jan. 7 and UT's home game against Florida on Feb. 11, both are 7 p.m. ET Super Tuesday tipoffs. The Vols are one of four SEC teams selected to appear in multiple Super Tuesday clashes this season.
The weekly ESPN doubleheader tips off at 7 p.m. ET each week, followed by a 9 p.m. ET game. The SEC and the Big Ten will play conference matchups, switching time slots on varying weeks, through March 4.
Every Super Tuesday game involves a team in ESPN.com's preseason Top 25 poll, including seven matchups in which both teams are ranked. Tennessee enters the season ranked No. 24 in that poll.