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Tennessee holds firm in AP Top 25 after loss to Memphis

Ahead of another test, Tennessee remains ranked.

NCAA Basketball: Memphis at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

After taking their second loss of the season over the weekend, Tennessee remained inside of the top 25 on Monday. The Volunteers were beaten by in-state rival Memphis on Saturday afternoon after shooting 25 percent from the field and 15 percent from three-point range.

It was eerily similar to the loss Tennessee took against Florida State a couple of weeks ago. Somehow, Rick Barnes is going to have to get more consistent scoring out of Lamonte Turner and Jordan Bowden.

The AP voters didn’t punish Tennessee much for the loss. The Volunteers slid from 19th to 21st in this week’s top 25, while Memphis hopped up to No. 11.

A wild season at the top continued as Kansas took over the top spot. Gonzaga, Louisville, Duke and Ohio State rounded out the new top five.

In the world of the SEC, Kentucky checks in at No. 6, still trying to recover from that early season loss to Evansville. Auburn held steady at No. 12. Tennessee is the only other ranked team in the league right now.

New AP Top 25

  1. Kansas
  2. Gonzaga
  3. Louisville
  4. Duke
  5. Ohio State
  6. Kentucky
  7. Maryland
  8. Oregon
  9. Virginia
  10. Baylor
  11. Memphis
  12. Auburn
  13. Dayton
  14. Michigan
  15. Michigan State
  16. Arizona
  17. Butler
  18. Villanova
  19. Florida State
  20. San Diego State
  21. Tennessee
  22. Washington
  23. Penn State
  24. Texas Tech
  25. West Virginia