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Tennessee basketball climbs to No. 7 in latest polls

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The Tennessee Volunteers are off to a hot start this college basketball season, knocking off Michigan State (which didn’t count officially) and Wisconsin on the road. The Volunteers handled the Badgers on Friday night, powered by yet another big night from transfer addition Dalton Knecht.

Tennessee has caught the eye of several national analysts so far, earning several final four projections to this point. The Athletic has them No. 1 in their rankings, and now so does Andy Katz over at

The AP Poll is going to need some time to catch up, but the Volunteers are on the move there as well. Tennessee is up to No. 7, jumping past Duke and Michigan State this week. Kansas remains planted at the top, along with Purdue.

These top teams are going to get a chance to fight it out in Honolulu next week at the relocated Maui Invitational. (7) Tennessee will join (1) Kansas, (2) Purdue, (4) Marquette, Chaminade, (11) Gonzaga, UCLA and Syracuse for what’s sure to be a wildly entertaining tournament. We’ll learn quite a bit there.

Texas A&M, Kentucky, Arkansas and Alabama are the other teams appearing in the poll from the SEC.

North Carolina checks in at No. 20, and will host Tennessee at the end of this month. No. 23 Illinois will make the trip to Knoxville in December.

Latest College Basketball AP Poll

  1. Kansas
  2. Purdue
  3. Arizona
  4. Marquette
  5. UConn
  6. Houston
  7. Tennessee
  8. Creighton
  9. Duke
  10. FAU
  11. Gonzaga
  12. Miami
  13. Texas A&M
  14. Arkansas
  15. Baylor
  16. USC
  17. Kentucky
  18. Michigan State
  19. Texas
  20. North Carolina
  21. Villanova
  22. Alabama
  23. Illinois
  24. James Madison
  25. Colorado