KNOXVILLE, Tenn — Tennessee is set to open against Villanova on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Resort, according to a release from the University of Tennessee Athletics.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the matchups for the 2021 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Tip-Off will go on sale on September 10 on Ticketmaster.
The prices range from $20 to $150. Each day requires a separate ticket, though that ticket will be good for both games that day, officials said.
UT Athletics said Head Coach Rick Barnes welcomes the nation's second-ranked recruiting class to complement a crop of veteran returners, highlighted by super-senior forward John Fulkerson and guards Victor Bailey Jr., Josiah-Jordan James and Santiago Vescovi.
The Vols' opening game against Villanova tips off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 on ESPN News. Also on Saturday, Purdue is slated to face North Carolina at 4 p.m.
Pending the outcome of those two games, Tennessee will be matched up with Purdue or North Carolina on Sunday, November 21. in either the championship game or the consolation game. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the consolation game for 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Under the direction of Hall of Fame head coach Jay Wright, Villanova projects to enter the 2021-22 season as a top-five team, according to the release.
Tennessee and Villanova have met four times previously on the hardwood, with the Wildcats owning a 3-1 advantage.
The Vols' lone win in the series came in the championship game of the 2011 NIT Season Tip-Off, according to UT Athletics. The most recent meeting saw fifth-ranked Villanova overcome a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat the Big Orange at the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Volunteers have a 30-26 all-time record against current members of the Big East Conference.
Season-ticket renewals for Tennessee's upcoming season are set to begin in late June.