Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Virginia, ODU to play mighty Tennessee

Tennessee is coming back to John Paul Jones Arena. Will free hot dogs be there as well?

According to the Lady Vols' just-released schedule, the Lady Vols will visit Virginia on Nov. 20. The last time Tennessee came to town in 2009, a women's basketball record 11,895 turned out on "Hot Dog Day" at the JPJ. Each fan in attendance received a coupon for free hot dog and soda.

Meanwhile, Old Dominion fans who may have been worried that the "resignation" of Lady Monarchs coach Wendy Larry might cost ODU its long-standing series with Tennessee can relax - at least for this season - as the teams are set to meet on December 28 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

So that's the good news, that ODU will play Tennessee. The bad news? ODU will play Tennessee. The Lady Monarchs have lost 15 straight in the series, including last season's 74-44 debacle before a Constant Center women's basketball record crowd of 7,744.

This year's Tennessee squad projects to be even stronger than the 2010-11 edition. The Lady Vols will also be playing with something to prove after coach Pat Summitt called them out for a lack of will and want-to after the NCAA Tournament. This after the team went 34-3 and reached the Elite Eight (such are the standards on Rocky Top). Oh, and did we mention that the Lady Vols have added the nation's top-ranked recruiting class?

Click here for a look at what else we know about the 2011-12 schedules of the Division I teams in Virginia (based on the official schedules of opposing teams). 

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