Saturday will mark the first ESPN Basketball Gameday road trip of the season for the Bristol, Connecticut based sports broadcasting behemoth.
If I didn't know that ESPN chose to feature this game for its first On-the-Road- Gameday back in August then I'd certainly be scratching my head.
Why? Well, for starters, this game is completely irrelevant on the national scale. Vanderbilt just lost to South Carolina last week. And we've all watched Tennessee's disastrous meltdown of the past month.
Next, take into account that the thing that makes Tennessee nationally attractive in the first place, head coach Bruce Pearl, won't even be in the arena Saturday.
Sure, this looked like a battle featuring two strong candidates for the SEC east crown back in August, but now it appears that the Vols have a lot of work left to do to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for the first time under Pearl.
In truth, part of the reason that ESPN chose Knoxville for its first Gameday appearance is the fact that the Lady Vols will play the Lady Commodores on Saturday evening.
Saturday offered the Worldwide Leader the opportunity to have a unique spin on its season premier of the up-and-coming college basketball version of the show that college football made famous.
So, the executives in Bristol are stuck with a slumping Vols team without its media darling of a head coach taking on one of the more anonymous teams that no one outside of Nashville even cares about.
Sure, it has the most successful coach that ever picked up a clipboard later that evening in Pat Summitt, but do I really have to justify ESPN's visit to Knoxville with "Well, the Lady Vols are ranked No. 5 in the country"?
Since nothing can be done to re-schedule this little shindig, the least the Baller Vols can do is win the game.
But, given the way the Vols bench folded against the Gators on Tuesday and that dear-in-the-headlights look from part-time Pearl replacement, acting head coach Tony Jones, I wouldn't expect a big orange win under the bright lights of ESPN cameras on Saturday.