Vols, Lady Vols Hovering Outside Top 10 in Nov. 29 AP Poll

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    Tennessee’s men’s basketball team climbed two spots from No. 15 to No. 13 in this week’s men’s AP Poll. The Lady Vols held steady at No. 11 in the women’s AP Poll.

    The Vols won their lone game on the week, looking sluggish in an 80-69 victory of Tennessee Tech.

    Tennessee is the third highest rated team in the SEC, ranked behind No. 9 Kentucky and No. 10 Arkansas. The Vols are ranked ahead of No. 14 Florida, No. 16 Alabama and No. 21 Auburn.

    The challenge intensifies for Tennessee this week. After the Vols host Presbyterian at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday they travel to Boulder to face Colorado in their first true road game of the season.

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    Despite not moving in the polls, Kellie Harper’s third Tennessee team had an impressive week. The Lady Vols stayed unbeaten by defeating Kansas and Oklahoma State in the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.

    After a handful of tight games to open its season, Tennessee defeated both Big 12 foes by double digits. Jordan Horston continued her outstanding play this season, earning event MVP with 31 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists in the two games.

    Tennessee is the second highest rated SEC team in the poll, behind only No. 1 South Carolina. Kentucky (16), Texas A&M (17) and Georgia (20) are also in the poll.

    The Lady Vols leave Las Vegas 6-0 with five quality wins and matchups with Tennessee Tech and Virginia Tech on the docket this week.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.