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Through the T: Tennessee basketball cracks top five of AP Poll

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The Vols bump up a spot, thanks to Kentucky.

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The Vols are a top five team

Tennessee is now ranked fifth in the men’s basketball AP Poll, which was released on Monday afternoon. The Vols bumped up one spot from sixth, watching Kentucky take a tumble to tenth after a blowout loss to Duke and an uncomfortable win over Southern Illinois.

Tennessee is now the highest ranked SEC team in the land. Auburn jumped to to ninth, meaning that there are now three SEC teams currently sitting in the top ten. What a time for SEC basketball.

SEC Tournament to stay in Nashville

According to a report from the Tennessean, the SEC Tournament will be staying in Nashville for a long, long time. Until 2035, to be exact. Nashville is set to host the men’s tournament every year through 2035, outside of 2022, which is set for Tampa Bay. St. Louis hosted the event last season, which saw Kentucky get hot at the right time and take down the Vols in the final.

Vols set to see a familiar face tonight against Georgia Tech

For the second year in a row, Tennessee will face off against Georgia Tech on the hardwood. The Vols won a tight one, getting past the Yellow Jackets 77-70. Tonight they are favored by 16 points.

On the other side will be former Vol Shembari Phillips, who left the team during the 2017 offseason. Phillips sat out a year, per NCAA rules, but is now ready to play for Josh Pastner. Phillips logged ten points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in Tech’s opener against Lamar.

Tennessee plays Georgia Tech at 9 PM eastern on ESPN2 tonight. Be on the lookout for our preview later today.