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Tennessee up to No. 7 in latest AP Poll

NCAA Basketball: South Carolina Upstate at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee will begin conference play this week as the nation’s No. 7 team. The Volunteers moved up this week in the AP Poll, following a couple of tune-up wins ahead of SEC play. Tennessee will open with Missouri on Wednesday, which will serve as the first real test of the season.

Missouri moved up to No. 12 this week, setting up a big matchup between Cuonzo Martin and Rick Barnes.

Gonzaga holds on to the top spot as they continue to chew up and spit out top opponents. The Bulldogs destroyed Virginia last week, once again reaffirming their status as the top dog in the entire college basketball field.

Tennessee and Missouri are the only ranked teams in the SEC to begin conference play. Arkansas received some votes in the poll this week, along with Florida and Georgia.

Full AP Top 25

1. Gonzaga

2. Baylor

3. Kansas

4. Villanova

5. Houston

6. Wisconsin

7. Tennessee

8. Texas

9. West Virginia

10. Iowa

11. Creighton

12. Missouri

13. Texas Tech

14. Rutgers

15. Illinois

16. Michigan

17. Michigan State

18. Florida State

19. Northwestern

20. Duke

T21. Oregon

T21. Minnesota

23. Virginia

24. Virginia Tech

25. Ohio State