Lady Vols Climb Into Top Five, Vols Fall In Jan. 10 AP Poll

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    Tennessee’s women’s basketball team jumped up from No. 7 to No. 5 in this week’s AP poll while the Vols fell from No. 18 to No. 22 in the men’s poll.

    The Lady Vols have won five straight games after picking up a ranked win over Texas A&M and a road win at Ole Miss this week. Tennessee is now 15-1 (4-0 SEC) on the season and is ranked in the top five for the first time since 2015.

    Kellie Harper’s third Tennessee team currently sits atop the SEC standings and is the second highest rated SEC team in the AP poll.

    No. 1 South Carolina remains at the top of the standings while No. 12 LSU, No. 17 Georgia and No. 19 Kentucky frequent the polls.

    The SEC schedule keeps rolling on as the Vols will travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt Thursday before hosting No. 19 Kentucky for the “We Back Pat” game on Sunday.

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    It was another rocky week for the Tennessee men’s basketball team. The Vols barely escaped undermanned Ole Miss at home before dropping a road matchup at then-No. 21 LSU.

    Tennessee’s offense struggled in both games and remains a major issue as they head into an important close to January.

    “The one thing we know is that we don’t think he is hunting shots to do that,” Barnes said Monday. “I really don’t. We want those shots to come into flow. When you get the penetration that we can get sometimes with our guards, those opportunities are going to be there. We have had a lot of uncontested shots that we did not make. Some of those uncontested shots we were not set the way we should have been set. That has something to do with it. It still goes back to practicing the shot that we practice at game speed, game shots.”

    Tennessee is one of five SEC teams in this week’s poll including No. 4 Auburn, No. 12 LSU, No. 18 Kentucky and No. 24 Alabama.

    The Vols host South Carolina at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night before heading to Rupp Arena to face No. 18 Kentucky.

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