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Tennessee basketball slides in latest AP Poll

They weren’t punished too badly.

Tennessee v Arizona Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

Tennessee fell on the road late Saturday night in Arizona, but they weren’t punished too badly for it. The Volunteers lost 75-70 to the Arizona Wildcats in a game that was neck and neck all night long.

As a result, Tennessee slipped to No. 8 in the latest AP poll this week, while Arizona jumped to No. 5.

Purdue kept the top spot, while UConn moved to No. 2. Houston hopped up to No. 3, followed by Kansas, which will likely end up being Tennessee’s best win of the season.

Virginia and Alabama each tumbled after taking losses. Gonzaga hopped up to No. 11 after their win over Alabama, and UCLA moved to No. 13 after beating Kentucky. Mississippi State, following an 11-0 start, entered the top 15.

Non-conference play will wind down here over the next week. Tennessee will finish up with Austin Peay before opening SEC play with Ole Miss.

Here’s the updated AP poll.

New AP Top 25

  1. Purdue
  2. UConn
  3. Houston
  4. Kansas
  5. Arizona
  6. Virginia
  7. Texas
  8. Tennessee
  9. Alabama
  10. Arkansas
  11. Gonzaga
  12. Baylor
  13. UCLA
  14. Duke
  15. Mississippi State
  16. Illinois
  17. Wisconsin
  18. Indiana
  19. Kentucky
  20. TCU
  21. Virginia Tech
  22. Miami
  23. Auburn
  24. Marquette
  25. Arizona State