In preparation for the men's basketball SEC home opener, the Tennessee athletic department, along with student group UNITE, will host a pep rally for UT students Friday evening at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The event, which is scheduled to run from 9 p.m. to midnight, precedes Saturday's contest against Texas A&M (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports Net) and will offer door prizes, locker room tours, free food and a number of other promotions.

Students who stay for the entire three hours will receive a wristband that allows early admission into Saturday's game. Coke Zero will also provide eight students with front-row seats.