Tennessee dropped yet again in the latest AP top 25 poll — the final one before conference tournaments begin. The Volunteers took another loss on Saturday, this time falling on the road to Auburn. The result? The loss of a double-bye in the SEC Tournament.
The other result? A tumble down to No. 17 in this week’s AP Poll. Tennessee, once ranked as high as No. 2, has hit the skids in the final month of the regular season. Devastating buzzer-beaters and injuries have the Volunteers searching for any sort of momentum heading into March Madness. They’ll have to do it without point guard Zakai Zeigler too, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. That likely contributed to the rankings drop as well.
Texas A&M moved up to 18th following their big win over the Crimson Tide. Kentucky checked in at No. 23, while Missouri landed at No. 25.
The SEC Tournament is set to begin on Wednesday. Selection Sunday is coming up once all the dust settles on Sunday evening.
12. Kansas State
16. Saint Mary’s
18. Texas A&M
20. San Diego State