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College Basketball Polls: Tennessee moves up after winning Battle 4 Atlantis

A big week pays off in the polls.

NCAA Basketball: Battle 4 Atlantis Championship-Tennessee at Kansas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

If you weren’t convinced Tennessee would bounce back after that ugly loss to Colorado, the odds are good that you believe now.

The Volunteers ran through Butler, USC and then No. 3 Kansas to win the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas, capturing their first Feast Week tournament title since 2010.

And they did it without Josiah-Jordan James — perhaps Tennessee’s best player — who missed the entire tournament due to knee soreness.

Five-star freshman Julian Phillips arrived, while Tennessee’s lights out defense was on full display throughout the week. Inconsistent offense is just something that Rick Barnes is going to have to deal with, but their elite defense will keep them in just about any game this season.

In Monday’s new AP Poll, Tennessee hopped back up to No. 13. They began the year at No. 11, before tumbling to No. 22 after the Colorado loss. Kansas dropped to 9th.

Houston is your new AP No. 1 team for the first time in 39 years, followed by Texas, Virginia, Arizona and Purdue. The Boilermakers had a particularly impressive week, knocking off both Gonzaga and Duke in the Phil Knight Tournament.

North Carolina dropped from No. 1 all the way down to 18th.

Feast week remains as one of the best weeks in sports. We learned quite a bit over the last seven days, and now the stage is set for conference play in a month. Some big non-conference games remain, but we got a nice early look at who might be contenders and pretenders over Thanksgiving.

Here’s how the dust settled.

New AP College Basketball Top 25

1. Houston

2. Texas

3. Virginia

4. Arizona

5. Purdue

6. Baylor

7. Creighton

8. UConn

9. Kansas

10. Indiana

11. Arkansas

11. Alabama

13. Tennessee

14. Gonzaga

15. Auburn

16. Illinois

17. Duke

18. North Carolina

19. Kentucky

20. Michigan State

21. UCLA

22. Maryland

23. Iowa State

24. San Diego State

25. Ohio State