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It's here. #SECBasketballFever is here. Texas A&M (8-3; 0-0) hosts the Tennessee Volunteers (6-5; 0-0) in the conference opener for both teams. UT has put quite a scare into a couple of Top 25 teams this year, but the Aggies should prevail at home tonight. (6:00pm; SEC Network)

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We're back, y'all. Our thoughts on the first six weeks of the season are available here, if you're looking to get caught up ahead of the conference slate.

In short: Our ceiling is still very high, but our floor is a bit lower than we all anticipated.

But enough about that... UT is in town, and it's time for #SECBasketballFever

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Reed Arena

TV: SEC Network

Line: Texas A&M is favored by 9 points

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Name: Tennessee Volunteers

Official Abbreviation: UT

Wait, doesn't that oth- Nope

Previous results of note: The Vols haven't claimed any victories of value, yet... but they've also been very competitive in their games against quality opposition. Gonzaga, Wisconsin, @ North Carolina, and Oregon were all in doubt with less than four minutes remaining... so this doesn't appear to be a squad that will roll over tonight.

What do we need to do to win: Tonight's edict is pretty straightforward - play to our strengths. We'll have a size advantage in most SEC games, but that advantage is especially noticeable tonight. The Vols just don't have the horses down low.

Keep an eye on Tennessee PG Jordan Bone - he opened the season as the starter, but he has been out for nine games with a foot injury. He's rumored to return tonight, which could complicate a likely SEC-opening victory for the good guys.

BTHO UT