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Tennessee drops slightly in the polls following tough overtime loss to Kansas

This one still stings.

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A few days removed, Tennessee’s overtime loss to Kansas still stings. It was a winnable game — a game that the Vols controlled down to the wire until Grant Williams fouled out. The Jayhawks pulled away in the overtime period as Williams watched from the bench.

It’s not all bad coming out of that game though. Tennessee proved their worth against one of the best in the country. If anyone had any doubts about what Grant Williams could do against a stout front, they don’t anymore. The Vols will be better once Lamonte Turner gets back to 100 percent and is totally back in shape. They’ll be more dangerous once Admiral Schofield finds his consistent stroke again.

Tennessee didn’t deliver their best punch on Friday night and still probably should have won. That’s a positive.

Now for the negative. There was a small price to pay for that loss in the polls, which are admittedly meaningless in November. Tennessee was jumped by both Michigan and Nevada in the coaches poll, dropping them to No. 7 overall.

The Vols stayed ahead of Michigan in the AP Poll, only falling to No. 6.

Tennessee will return home this week, taking on Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday night. They’ll follow that up with a Sunday matchup against Texas A&M Corpus Christi.