UT carries a 15-13 record into the game. The Vols went 14-3 at home but 1-10 on the road -- the victory coming against a weak UMass team. Although Wednesday's game represents an opportunity to post another road win, that's not the biggest motivation for the Vols.
''The biggest thing is (the opportunity) to wipe out the bad taste in our mouth from the SEC Tournament,'' head coach Buzz Peterson said. ''We want to go get us a win and erase those memories.''
Tennessee (15-13) lost its NIT opener last year, so the head man is hoping for a better result this time.
''Your mindset has got to be to go in and win the thing, get the extra games,'' he said. ''We're in the opening round, so we've got six games if we go all the way. There's a lot to be said for getting 21 wins. That'd be nice. It won't be easy in our bracket but that's something we can strive for.''