Where Tennessee’s men’s and women’s basketball teams rank in Dec. 20 AP polls











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The Tennessee women’s basketball team held steady at 7th in this AP poll of the week. Flights fell from No. 18 to No. 19 in the men’s poll.

The Lady Vols remained in the same spot in the poll despite an 0-1 week. Tennessee’s first loss of the season was a 74-63 loss to No. 2 Stanford. The defending national champion took a 20-point lead in the first half before the Lady Vols stormed back, cutting Stanford’s lead to just three points.

Tennessee returns to the Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday night when they host ETSU at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Kellie Harper’s third-team Tennessee is the second highest-rated of the six SEC teams in this week’s poll. No. 1 South Carolina, No. 13 Georgia, No. 21 LSU, No. 22 Kentucky and No. 23 Texas A&M.

The Tennessee men’s team fell one spot despite a convincing win over USC Upstate. The Weekend Flights game with Memphis was canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests under the Memphis program.

Tennessee returns to the court Wednesday against No. 6 Arizona at Thompson-Boling Arena. One of the surprises early in the season was Tommy Lloyd’s Wildcats first team.

The Vols are the fourth highest-rated SEC team in the poll behind Alabama (10), Auburn (12) and LSU (17). Kentucky is the only SEC team ranked behind the Vols, with the Wildcats coming in at 20th.






Ryan Schumpert is a University of Tennessee-Knoxville senior who has covered University of Tennessee athletics from the time he walked onto campus. He has just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as a sports editor. Ryan has also spent the past three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello’s resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan’s responsibilities involved covering and writing beats, he also recorded podcasts for the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan’s internship for the Smokies? Ryan’s work ethic, versatility and strong writing skills are just three of the reasons Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.




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