No. 22 Tennessee Basketball vs. USC

Basketball #22 from Tennessee is back in action on Thanksgiving Day for his second game in Battle 4 Atlantis. In the second of three games in three days in the Bahamas, the Vols (3-1) are scheduled to take on USC (4-1) at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Kevin Fitzgerald (play-by-play) and Carolyn Peck (analyst) will be on the phone on ESPN2. Fans can also watch the game online or on any mobile device via WatchESPN by clicking HERE. WatchESPN can be accessed through the ESPN app or online at

Fans can also listen live on their local Vol Network affiliate to hear Brian Rice and Bert Bertelkamp describe the action. To listen to the game on the Vol Network, click HERE. It can be heard in Knoxville on 99.1 WNML-FM or nationwide through local affiliates. It can also be heard on satellite radio on SiriusXM channel 85 or channel 961 on the SXM app.

Tennessee defeated Butler 71-45 Wednesday night after a strong second half in which they beat the Bulldogs 43-22. The Vols capitalized on a 10-0 run late in the first half and a 17-1 run midway through the second half to improve to 3-1 in the young season despite being without a senior guard Josiah Jordan James because of knee pain. James has a minute limit to start the season following off-season knee surgery.

“It was a very physical first half and I thought the way we finished the first half was a very important part of the game,” Vols coach said Rick Barnes said after the game. “We’ve got a great game from our bench with some key players in dire trouble who haven’t played the minutes they normally play. All in all, a great team win for us.”

Santiago Vescovi was Tennessee’s leading scorer against Butler. The senior guard had 13 points, all of which came in the second half with 5-of-7 shots and 3-of-5 shots from the three-point line. Vescovi also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

student in the first year Julian Phillips was one of two other Vols to score in double figures. Besides 10 points off Zakai Zeigler, Phillips scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, had two assists, a steal and a block. Zeigler added five assists, four rebounds and three steals.

This week, Tennessee is entering Battle 4 Atlantis for the third time, as the Vols took home a fifth place finish in 2013 and a third place finish in 2017. The Vols are 5-2 overall in this event. Following their win over Butler on Wednesday night and their duel with USC on Thursday afternoon, the Vols will play their third and final game of the week against either Kansas or Wisconsin on Friday.


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