By Patrick Brown

Nearly three years ago to the day, Dale Ellis was back on the campus of the University of Tennessee, where he was a basketball star in the early 1980s, for the jersey retirement ceremony for Allan Houston, another of the Volunteers’ past stars.

Ellis was told then he was next in line to have his number raised to the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters.

“Pick a game, and we’ll get it done,” the former NBA All-Star recalled being told.

And done it will be.

Prior to Tennessee’s noon tipoff in a key game against Vanderbilt today, Ellis’s No. 14 will join Houston’s No. 20, Bernard King’s No. 53 and Ernie Grunfeld’s No. 22 as the Vols’ retired numbers.

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