Show Me My Opponent, 2021-22: Lenoir-Rhyne


OPPONENT Lenoir-Rhyne (9-7 in 2020-21)
LOCATION Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
CHANNEL SEC Network+ (online only, sorry)
Steve Hamer (color commentary)
Kasey Funderburg (sideline)
SPREAD sicko

Back. Finally. Sort of.

Tennessee takes on Lenoir-Rhyne, which is where Rick Barnes went to college, on Saturday. You will know that he attended Lenoir-Rhyne because the broadcast (featuring Roger Hoover, who I love) is likely to mention this exact point no less than four times in 40 minutes of basketball. It’s hard to give a true estimate on a ‘point’ ‘spread’ here but somewhere in the mid-to-upper 30s feels right.

To be completely honest, this exhibition is less about the game and more a celebration of everyone being back. This will be Tennessee’s first full-capacity indoor basketball game since March 2020; they could have played South-Doyle High School and I would be there in attendance. I’m excited for a new season. I hope you are too.

As a reminder, I outlined some key changes in both this year’s intro post and the season preview (which I think is pretty good). To distill these down to the basics, here’s what to look for:

  • A statistical summary of both the offense and defense Tennessee is facing.
  • When Tennessee isn’t playing a Division II opponent replacing almost its entire rotation, a graphic showing the starting five, some key metrics, and other rotation pieces.
  • Less GIFs.
  • Less words.

Okay. Onto the preview.

AFTER THE READ MORE TAG: hey did you know Rick Barnes went to Lenoir-Rhyne. did ya

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