Lady Vols #1 in Almost Every Preseason Poll

The defending 2007 NCAA Champion Tennessee Lady Vols have been predicted as the nation's number one women's basketball team in a majority of the preseason polls.

Lindy's, The Sporting News,, CBS and, all gave Tennessee the top nod, while Athlon predicted a third place national finish as the only dissenting poll.

In all, the Lady Vols will face 14 teams ranked in the preseason polls headlined by the 2007 Final Four participants Rutgers, North Carolina and LSU, who all face UT on "The Summitt" in the newly renovated Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville.

Other top 25 teams Tennessee will battle in the coming season include: Georgia, Stanford, Duke, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, DePaul, Auburn, Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.

Tennessee opens the 2007-08 season with a pair of exhibition games facing the USA National Team in Knoxville on Nov. 4 and Carson-Newman on Nov. 6.

Regular season play cranks up on Nov. 11 against Chattanooga as the 20th anniversary of the Thompson-Boling Arena will be celebrated. The Lady Vols go on the road to Tampa, site of the 2008 Final Four, and will play Oklahoma on Nov. 15. Following that contest, the Lady Vols return home to hang the seventh NCAA Championship banner prior to the Texas game on Nov. 18.