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Louisville Men’s Basketball Schedules Home-and-Home Series with Tennessee

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville men’s basketball program has scheduled a home-and-home series with Tennessee, the two programs announced Thursday.

The first match will take place at the KFC Yum! Center next season on Saturday, November 9, 2024. The return match in Knoxville is scheduled for the following season on December 16, 2025.

The volunteers come from an extremely successful 2023-2024 campaign. UT went 27-9 overall, making it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament before ultimately falling to national runner-up Purdue, and finishing as the No. 5 team in the final KenPom rankings.

Louisville has a 12-8 lead in the all-time series against Tennessee and has won 12 of its last 14 games. The Vols won the final matchup, claiming a 92–81 victory on November 21, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

Tennessee is now the seventh known non-conference opponent that Louisville will face in the 2024-2025 season. They open the season against Morehead State on Nov. 4, travel to Kentucky on Dec. 14, host Eastern Kentucky on Dec. 28 and play three TBD matchups in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Nov. 27-29.

The Cardinals will also play a yet-to-be-named opponent as part of the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Louisville is entering a brand new era of men’s basketball with the upcoming 2024-2025 season. Kenny Payne was fired after a disastrous two-year stint as head coach, with the Cardinals bringing in Charleston’s Pat Kelsey to replace him.

Since Kelsey was hired on March 28, roster construction has been full steam ahead. All 12 scholarship players on Louisville’s 2023-2024 roster entered the portal after Payne was fired, but Kelsey brings in 12 D1 transfers and one high school player for her first year at the helm. According to him, his portal class is number 1 nationallyTo3.

(Photo by Ryan McMahon: Wendell Cruz – USA TODAY Sports)

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