Both Tennessee Teams Fall In Jan. 31 AP Poll

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    Tennessee’s men’s basketball team fell from No. 18 to No. 22 in this week’s men’s AP Poll while the Lady Vols fell from No. 4 to No. 7 in the women’s poll.

    The Vols went 1-1 on the week, overcoming a double-digit deficit to beat Florida before a massive late run came up one-point short at Texas.

    It was a week of runs for Tennessee basketball. The Vols went on a pair of runs greater than 10-0 while Tennessee’s opponents did so three times.

    The inconsistent in game play continues to define this team as Tennessee’s offense can’t find 40 complete minutes.

    The Vols are one of just four SEC teams in this week’s poll, coming in behind No. 1 Auburn and No. 5 Kentucky and coming ahead of No. 25 LSU.

    Tennessee returns to Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday night to face Texas A&M before traveling to Columbia Saturday to face South Carolina.

    Photo By Emma Corona/Tennessee Athletics

    An otherwise consistent Lady Vols team suffered a massive upset loss last week. In its only game of the week, Tennessee lost at Auburn. The Tigers were previously winless in SEC play.

    Tennessee has played one of the best schedules in the country, but struggled against the Tigers. The Lady Vols’ stout defense struggled against a bad Auburn team, allowing 71 points.

    Tennessee opens up a three-game week on Monday night when they host Arkansas at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols then hit the road for a two-game road trip, facing Florida on Thursday at arch rival No. 10 UConn on Sunday.

    The Lady Vols are one of four SEC teams in the poll including, No. 1 South Carolina, No. 14 Georgia and No. 15 LSU.

    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.