The Tennessee Volunteers have never iterated more than now that they need to take things one game at a time.

Coincidentally, that's all the time four seniors have left to play in Thompson-Boling Arena.

The Vols will finish their regular season against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday at 4 p.m. on ESPN, as two bubble teams fighting for a NCAA Tournament spot will battle on national television.

It will also be senior night in Knoxville, recognizing seniors Jordan McRae, Jeronne Maymon, Antonio Barton and D'Montre Edwards in a pregame ceremony set to start at 3:45 p.m.

The only way the Vols (19-11, 10-7 SEC) will face another opponent on their home floor this season is if they fail to make the NCAAs yet again, in which case they would likely open the NIT at home.

But with UT notching its first three-game win streak in SEC play and coming off demolitions of Vanderbilt and Auburn, there's no doubt that the Vols are rolling into what could very well turn into a spot in the Big Dance.

"It's definitely our best basketball," Vol forward Jarnell Stokes told reporters after Wednesday's 82-54 win over the Tigers. "Auburn felt that they could pull this game out, but we came in and took the life out of the arena.

"It's our best basketball, and at the right time, also."

That may be an understatement. After coming off an overtime loss to Texas A&M on Feb. 22, the Vols haven't lost as they aim to close out the season by further bolstering their postseason resume.

However, making it a four-game win streak will be easier said than done for Tennessee, who fell 75-70 to the Tigers (21-9, 9-8) in the season's first meeting on Feb. 15.

But before the referees toss the ball into the air, some Vols will have to keep their emotions at bay during the pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors.

For Maymon, a transfer from Marquette and native of Madison, Wis., who has emulated UT's "Tougher Breed" motto through his intense play while battling through injuries, it will be an emotional moment.

"I'm pretty sure when Saturday gets here," Maymon told Bob Kesling and Bert Bertelkamp on the Vol Network broadcast after Wednesday's game, "(when it) rolls around, the emotions are going to flow.

"The enthusiasm from the crowd and seeing everybody – I've had such a great time at the University of Tennessee, so it's going to be overwhelming."

While he isn't the player he once was physically and has taken a backseat to Stokes this season, Maymon has proven his worth as of late. The senior is shooting 63 percent from the field in his last four games, a span in which he has nearly averaged a double-double (11.25 points and 9.75 rebounds).

Head coach Cuonzo Martin will be the first to brag about Maymon's heart as he prepares for life after college basketball.

"You're talking about a guy that's a senior," Martin said. "You know, the time is ticking. I obviously think he'll play a long time after college basketball, but it's just a case where a guy is taking pride in what he's doing.

"He knows he is a senior and that he wants to be successful. He wants his team to make the NCAA tournament. He's just one of those guys that is doing what he does."​