Knoxville, Tenn. (UT Sports)-- Tennessee plays its first of two exhibition games of the 2017-18 preseason Thursday when it welcomes Carson-Newman to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. ET tip.
Thursday's game will not be broadcast on TV, but fans can catch all the action online through SEC Network + on WatchESPN. Visit WatchESPN.com or download the WatchESPN app to view the game on a computer or mobile device. Roger Hoover (play-by-play), Vincent Yarbrough (analyst) and Maddy Glab (reporter) will call the action.
Fans can also tune into their local Vol Network station to catch Bob Kesling describing the first basketball action of the season.
Tennessee is entering its 108th season of basketball and its third season under head coach Rick Barnes. The regular season begins next Friday, Nov. 10 when Presbyterian comes to Rocky Top (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network +).
Last week, the NCAA approved a waiver enabling Clemson to host a men's basketball charity exhibition game against Tennessee on Sunday, Nov. 5, at Littlejohn Coliseum, with net proceeds going toward hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida. Tipoff for the exhibition is set for 12:30 p.m. ET. Admission is free, although donations to the Salvation Army's continued hurricane relief efforts in Texas and Florida are encouraged. The game will not be televised, and there will be no video stream available.
• Carson-Newman College is a private, liberal arts institution and NCAA Division II member located approximately 25 miles east of Knoxville in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The Eagles compete in the South Atlantic Conference.
• Carson-Newman head coach Chuck Benson is a native of Newport, Tennessee (located about 50 miles east of Knoxville).
• Benson served two separate stints on the Vols' staff, most recently as an assistant coach at Tennessee under Buzz Peterson during the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons. He also was an assistant coach under Wade Houston during the 1993-94 campaign before transitioning to an administrative assistant's role during the first two years of Kevin O'Neill's head coaching tenure on Rocky Top (1994-96).
• From 1996-2003, Benson was the head coach at NAIA Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.
FORMER VOL SHANE WILLIAMS ON EAGLES COACHING STAFF
• Former Tennessee point guard Shane Williams (1995-96) now works as an assistant coach at Carson-Newman.
• A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Williams graduated from Science Hill High School and attended Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before coming to UT for his final two collegiate seasons.
• As a Vol, Williams averaged 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists while playing 37.7 minutes per game (a UT career record).
• He started all 56 games in which he appeared under head coach Kevin O'Neill, and Williams later served as a graduate assistant on O'Neill's Tennessee staff during the 1996-97 season.
• Before landing on staff at Carson-Newman, Williams coached at Science Hill HS as well as at Heritage High School in Maryville, Tennessee.
LAST MEETING WITH CARSON-NEWMAN
• Tennessee defeated Carson-Newman, 72-53, in exhibition play on Nov. 3, 2011, in Thompson-Boling Arena.
• UT held Carson-Newman to 16.7 percent shooting during the second half. The Eagles were limited to just 22 second-half points.
• Tennessee forward Jeronne Maymon exploded for 10 points, 15 rebounds and four assists while also drawing two charges. His 15 boards were the most by a Vol since Wayne Chism grabbed 15 against Ole Miss on March 12, 2010.
• The Vols' 2017-18 roster features 16 players (13 scholarship student-athletes) representing nine states as well as Ontario, Canada, and France.
• There are five Vols who hail from the state of Tennessee, two from North Carolina and one each from Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.
• This is the first time since 2006-07 that the Vols' roster has not included at least one player from the state of Georgia.
• Tennessee has one senior (a graduate transfer), five juniors, four sophomores and six freshmen (including three redshirt freshmen).
• Thirteen Vols stand 6-5 or shorter, and three players are 6-6 or taller.
• This is the tallest roster third-year head coach Rick Barnes has had at Tennessee. This season's team includes six players listed at 6-7 or taller. For each of the previous two seasons, UT had just three players listed at 6-7 or taller.