Memphis-Tennessee rescheduled for 2021

Memphis and Tennessee rescheduled their December date in Nashville for next season.

Instead of playing this December without fans, the teams agreed to play Dec. 18, 2021 in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Tennessee released a statement Monday confirming the schedule change and said the game should be “contested in a sold-out arena — unfeasible this winter given the current pandemic.”

“This was the right thing to do, and it’s the best thing for both teams’ fanbases,” Tennessee associate head coach Michael Schwartz said. “We’re appreciative of Bridgestone Arena working with us to keep this game in Nashville. It should be a great statewide showcase for college basketball.”

This will be only the third neutral site meeting in the history of the programs, who agreed to a three-year contract that included a home game for each team. Both games were sellouts.

“The University of Memphis is looking forward to continuing what is a great intrastate series against Tennessee,” Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway said. “The neutral-site game at Bridgestone Arena will provide an incredible atmosphere, and I know our fans will be excited about going to Nashville to support the Tigers. I want to thank Bridgestone Arena for their willingness to work through a tough situation with the pandemic to host this game in December 2021. It is a game that is great for national television and brings a lot of attention to the quality of basketball in our state.”