Vols Basketball Set to Face Maryland in Hall of Fame Invitational in New Jersey

(utsports.com) The Tennessee basketball team will face Maryland this coming season as part of the Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The matchup, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, is part of a four-game lineup for the event, which also features Oklahoma State vs. Virginia Tech, Iona vs. St. Bonaventure and UMass vs. Hofstra.

Ticket information, game times and television details and will be released at a later date.

“We’re excited to play in another Hall of Fame event,” Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes said. “This will be our fourth in five years, and Tennessee fans have always traveled well to see us play really strong opponents in big-time cities and venues. I’ve got great respect for Maryland’s basketball tradition as well as Kevin Willard and his staff. And playing in New York City is always a special opportunity.”

The Volunteers own a 2-2 record against Maryland, and the programs have not met since the 1984-85 season. Three of the previous meetings have taken place at neutral sites. Tennessee won the first two clashes, in Knoxville in 1949 and in Blacksburg, Virginia, in 1963. The Terrapins won the two most recent meetings, in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1980 and in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1984.

Tennessee is 24-37 all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference.

Maryland enters the 2022-23 campaign under a new coaching staff, led by Kevin Willard, who transitioned from Seton Hall to College Park in March.

Rising Tennessee senior Olivier Nkamhoua attended high school in Maryland, graduating from Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Maryland, in 2019.

The Hall of Fame Invitational also will mark a homecoming opportunity for UT rising sophomore Zakai Zeigler, who grew up on nearby Long Island.

This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Tennessee has been invited to participate in a neutral-site event administered by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Vols defeated top-ranked Gonzaga in the 2018 Jerry Colangelo Classic, beat 20th-ranked Washington in the 2019 James Naismith Classic in Toronto and most recently fell to fifth-ranked Villanova before defeating then-18th-ranked and eventual national runner-up North Carolina at the 2021 Hall of Fame Tip-Off in Connecticut.

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