Tennessee basketball tops AP Top 25 poll for second time ever

Tennessee Volunteers

Tennessee was named the No. 1 basketball team in the nation on Monday for just the second time ever after a wild weekend saw several top teams upset.

Tennessee moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in Week 12 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll after defeating Alabama to remain perfect in conference play. 

Tennessee received 48 of 64 first-place votes. Duke received 11 first-place votes while Virginia received three. 

Despite a win over a No. 4-ranked Virginia who came into the match unbeaten, a loss to unranked Syracuse saw the Duke Blue Devils knocked from the No. 1 spot.

Michigan had been ranked No. 2 in previous polls but was upset Saturday vs an unranked Wisconsin team.

Tennessee hasn’t garnered the No. 1 ranking since 2008 when they bested a then-No. 1 Memphis Tigers team in a battle of the nation’s highest ranked teams. The Vols held the rank for just one week after they lost to a Vanderbilt Commodores team ranked No. 18 at the time. 

Tennessee will travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt on Wednesday in their first game as the newly top-ranked team. 

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