Where Tennessee Men’s And Women’s Basketball Teams Rank In Dec. 20 AP Polls

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

    The Lady Vols stayed at 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 jumped out to a 20-point first half lead before the Lady Vols came storming back, cutting Stanford’s lead to as few as three-points.

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

    Kellie Harper’s third Tennessee team is the second highest rated of 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 dropped one spot despite a convincing victory over USC Upstate. The Vols weekend matchup with Memphis was cancelled due to positive COVID-19 tests within the Memphis’ program.

    Tennessee returns to the court on Wednesday when they face No. 6 Arizona at Thompson-Boling Arena. Tommy Lloyd’s first Wildcats team has been one of the surprises of the early season.

    The Vols are the fourth highest rated SEC team in the poll behind Alabama (10), Auburn (12) and LSU (17). Kentucky is the lone SEC team ranked behind the Vols with the Wildcats coming in at No. 20.

    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.