Historically, the Southeastern Conference has been considered a ‘football conference’ and with a few exceptions (Kentucky, Vanderbilt) most of the member schools are more associated with gridiron success than they are basketball performance. That’s starting to change, however, and the SEC has been very good on the hardwood over the past couple of decades. Kentucky is a perennial championship contender but they’re not the only team from the conference to win championships–Arkansas won the NCAA title in 1994 and Florida won the tournament in back to back years (2006 and 2007). Of course nothing will ever supplant football at most SEC schools but there is a growing awareness that the conference is strong in basketball as well.
The University of Tennessee is a perfect example of this trend. While the Volunteers football team is practically a religion and their games are played before a packed house at 102,000 seat Neyland Stadium on the banks of the Tennessee River the basketball program is now a solid #2 at the school. The Vols’ basketball team has never won a NCAA title but they’ve been a frequent participant in the tournament since the 1970’s. UT plays their home games in the Thompson-Bolling Arena with a seating capacity of 21,000 for basketball. At one point, Thompson-Bolling was the largest facility ever built specifically for basketball in the United States. The original configuration of the arena had a seating capacity of over 24,000 though that was reduced when the building was remodeled in 2007.
As part of the high profile SEC, the Tennessee basketball team makes frequent appearances on broadcast TV. Not only are their games shown on ESPN and their family of networks but the conference has a dedicated network (‘The SEC Network‘) that is available on most cable and satellite systems. If the games aren’t on ESPN’s TV broadcast schedule a Tennessee basketball live stream on ESPN3, the network’s online streaming service. The ESPN3 stream is available from smartphones and tablets and some cable and satellite companies offer other outlets like the SEC Network through their own streaming platform. The problem with the ESPN3 and other cable/satellite based streams is that they require a subscription for access–and their servers aren’t always good about verifying users who have legitimate access.
Ironically, the best way to watch Tennessee basketball online free of charge is to find an ‘unofficial’ source for sports streaming. This allows fans to watch Vols basketball from anywhere in the country or around the world. There are several top web destinations that offer comprehensive listings of games available for live streaming. Among the top streaming sports websites include wiziwig.tv, first row sports, vipboxsports, stream2watch.me. These sites may change their web address from time to time and new ones are always coming online so it’s worth doing a Google search beforehand to make sure you have the latest information.
Once you find a site it’s easy to find Tennessee basketball games live online. Keep in mind that while some sites feature US and North American sports like NFL football, NHL hockey and college basketball while others focus more on international sports like soccer and cricket. For that reason if you don’t find a Tennessee Volunteers basketball live stream on one site you’ll probably find it on another one. After you locate a stream for the game you want to watch you’ll have the option of selecting from several streaming speeds. This allows you to pick the one that works best with your Internet connection and computer setup. It’s important to note that while some streams are available in Flash format (similar to a YouTube video) others require third party software. While you should be careful when installing anything on your computer you’ll find that third party applications like Ace Stream and Stream Torrent allow for faster and more dependable streaming resulting in a clearer picture with better audio quality.
Once you find a stream to watch Tennessee basketball online free there are a number of ways you can enjoy the game in addition to your computer. You can stream games to your iPad, Android tablet or smartphone. Better still, you can use a set top device like Roku or Google Chromecast to play the stream on your television set giving you the ultimate control possible over your live sports viewing.