(School release)-- The Tennessee athletic department, in partnership with UNITE, is hosting a men's basketball pep rally for UT students Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Serving as a spirit primer before Saturday's SEC home-opener against Texas A&M (6 p.m. ET, FOX Sports Net), the event will feature free food, entertainment and door prizes.

At 9 p.m., the team – along with the Pride of the Southland pep band and spirit squad – will welcome students through the gates. The first 250 students to arrive will receive a free t-shirt.

The Vols will address the crowd around 9:30 p.m.

Students who stay until the conclusion of the event will receive a wristband for early admission to Saturday's game. And eight lucky students will win front-row seats courtesy of Coke Zero.

The pep rally also will feature locker room tours, promotions and contests on the court.

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