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Lady Vols prepare for season opener

Dean Lockwood

The Lady Vols returned to practice Friday after an off day with a noticeable shift in approach – it's time to prepare for a specific opponent with the regular season officially starting Sunday afternoon.

Tennessee opens the 2011-12 season against Pepperdine (4 p.m. Eastern, SportSouth, espn.go.com) at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday with just one day between games as Miami arrives for a 6 p.m. tipoff (ESPN2) on Tuesday in the State Farm Tipoff. Practice started Oct. 5 and the coaches and players developed a rhythm of conditioning, basketball drills and days off during that month. November offered...

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