The top 10 foes are Memphis, Texas and Florida. Memphis, 7-1 after beating Providence 97-89, is No. 5. Texas, 8-1 after losing 97-66 to top-ranked Duke, dropped from No. 2 to No. 6. Florida, now 9-0, has moved up to No. 7.
Tennessee visits Texas this Saturday and visits Memphis Jan. 18. The Vols host Florida Jan. 21 and visit the Gators Feb. 22.
The Vols also have a home-and-home scheduled with No. 23 Kentucky (6-3). UT visits Lexington Feb. 7 and hosts the Big Blue March 1.
Oklahoma State, coming off a heartbreaking 64-62 loss to No. 10 Gonzaga, plays the Vols Dec. 22 in Oklahoma City.
Tennessee visits LSU Jan. 14 and visits Alabama Feb. 18. The Vols play twice each against Vanderbilt (Feb. 1 in Knoxville, March 4 in Nashville) and Georgia (Jan. 11 in Knoxville, Feb. 11 in Athens).
Any way you slice it, it's one salty slate.