When the Vols travel to face Gonzaga, expect the same.
The Bulldogs have been recruiting Tennessee for a while.
Now the Vol are the first team to come to Knoxville in seven years.
The Vols will take on the Bulldogs in the Tip-Off at 7 p.m.
Here’s a look at what you need to know: 1.
The Game: This is a home game for the Vol, as Tennessee played its last game at the Gator Bowl in 2016.
Tennessee is currently ranked No. 19 in the country and won’t have a bowl appearance since the 2014 season.
The game is being played at Memorial Stadium.
The two teams haven’t played since 2013.
Vanderbilt has won three games at Memorial since 2014.
Tennessee has won its last five games there.
It was the first game in Knoxville since 2008.
The school was ranked No 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the first time since 2014, and the first to win back-to-back SEC Championships.
Tennessee was the No. 4 team in the SEC for the most part of the 2016-17 season.
Vanderbilt was also No. 3 in the AP poll in the most recent poll.
What You Need to Know: The Bulldogs will be coming off of a 31-30 win over the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday.
The Wildcats won the first meeting between the two teams last season.
Tennessee won the game 31-31, and had an easy win in Nashville in 2016 that will be remembered for its late points in the second half.
The teams last meeting in the series came in December of last year, when Tennessee won 35-30.
Tennessee also defeated the Wildcats in Nashville on Dec. 2, 2016.
The Volunteers won the last meeting between Vanderbilt and the Wildcats on Oct. 14, 2018, 45-36.
How to Watch: Tennessee has been one of the top programs in recruiting in the Volland area for years.
It has won five consecutive national titles and two SEC championships.
Vanderbilt is the only school that has won four SEC titles in a row since 2004.
Tennessee led the country in scoring last season and finished with the No 1 defense in the nation.
Vanderbilt also led the SEC in scoring defense last season, giving up just 39.8 points per game.
Tennessee will look to win the last three games of its season against teams that were ranked No 2 or higher in the latest USA Today rankings.
The three games against Gonzaga are the last of the season and Vanderbilt will need to improve if it wants to keep up with Gonzaga in the polls.
Gonzaga has a tough schedule.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 27-10 loss to Arkansas State on Saturday, and they are coming up against a Tennessee team that finished No. 14 in the preseason AP poll.
The Tigers will be looking to win their last three at home.
Gonzalaga has won six of its last seven games, and will be a tough opponent for Tennessee to win.
What to Watch for: Gonzaga will be without starting center Dontavious Henderson.
Henderson has been out since the All-Star break with a left ankle injury.
The junior had been practicing with the team on a limited basis, but he will not play in the first half against the Vol.
Tennessee lost starting guards Matt Jones and Joe Dahl, and junior guard T.J. Johnson to injury.
If Henderson can’t play, junior guard Tyreke Miller will get the start at center for the Tigers.
Miller has been a mainstay in Gonzaga’s offense since he entered the league in 2015, and has been an integral part of Gonzaga winning the conference in each of the last two seasons.
Who to Watch Next: The Vol Nation will get a glimpse of Gonzal’s recruiting class as the Bulldogs play at home on Friday.
This is the second game of a three-game homestand for the Bulldogs, as they have four games coming up in five weeks.
Gonzala will also be playing its first game of the year against a team ranked in the top five in the NCAA in terms of scoring defense.
The first game against Gonzagaga will come at 7:30 p..m., while the next game will be at 9:30 a.m.-1 p.b.
The home opener against the Bulldogs will also happen on Friday, Nov. 19.
The last game against Tennessee will be Saturday, Nov 30.
More on Gonzaga and Tennessee: Vanderbilt has a lot of pieces for the 2018-19 season, but there is a lot to be excited about.
Vanderbilt, ranked No, 3 in The Associated Press Poll and No. 12 in the league, is in a rebuilding mode.
It is the last undefeated team in school history.
Vanderbilt lost six of seven games last season to end up losing its first SEC title since 2006.
Vanderbilt won the conference championship last season after defeating Texas A