Hoop Vols open season Nov. 14

The Tennessee Vols may not end the 2007-08 basketball season with a tournament title but they could start it with one. The Big Orange is among four regional hosts for the inaugural Legends Classic.

West Virginia, Texas and New Mexico State also will serve as the regional hosts for the tournament. Action begins with preliminary rounds Nov. 14-18 at the four regional sites. Tennessee will host Arkansas-Monticello Nov. 14 at 7:30 and will host Prairie View A&M Nov. 16 at 7:30. Both games will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Preliminary-round games also will be held at Austin, Texas; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Morgantown, West Virginia; Davis, California and Prairie View, Texas.

The action then shifts to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, for semifinal play Nov. 23 among the four "name" programs. New Mexico State will face Texas and West Virginia will challenge Tennessee.

Winners of the Nov. 23 games will collide Nov. 24 – also at the Prudential Center – for the inaugural Legends Classic title. The Nov. 23 losers will meet Nov. 24 in a consolation game.

Versus, a network available in 74 million American homes, will televise the semi-final doubleheader on Nov. 23 and the championship game on Nov. 24. TV coverage of the regional match-ups will be announced later.

In a news release, sponsors of the Legends Classic say their goal is "showcasing some of the nation's premier men's college basketball teams" while honoring "former players and coaches from the participating teams that have made a significant contribution to the sport." These "legends" will be recognized at the event.

Tickets for the Tennessee's regional-round games may be purchased through the UT ticket office. Championship Round tickets eventually may be ordered through Ticketmaster at Ticketmaster.com.

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