Tennessee teams 1,2 in latest AP, Coaches poll; Showdown set for Saturday on ESPN

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT/AP) -- Never before has so much been on the line when the Memphis Tigers and University of Tennessee basketball squads meet, as there will be Saturday.

With Wake Forest's upset of Duke Sunday night, the UT Vols moved into the #2 spot in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, and the Associated Press poll.

They'll battle Memphis on Saturday, in Memphis, in a game that will feature #1 versus #2, The game is set for a 9:00 p.m. tip on ESPN.

But first the Vols set their sights on Auburn on Wednesday. Memphis plays Tulane on Wednesday as well.

This is just the second time since the 1982-83 season, the UT Vols were ranked higher than the Lady Vols. That year, at one point the men were ranked eighth, and the women were ranked twelfth.

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Feb. 17, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking:

Record Pts Pvs
1. Memphis (72) 25-0 1,800 1
2. Tennessee 23-2 1,699 4
3. North Carolina 24-2 1,592 5
4. Kansas 24-2 1,567 3
5. Duke 22-2 1,519 2
6. UCLA 22-3 1,498 6
7. Texas 21-4 1,310 11
8. Butler 24-2 1,228 9
9. Stanford 21-4 1,156 7
10. Xavier 21-4 1,122 12
11. Wisconsin 21-4 1,033 15
12. Georgetown 20-4 989 8
13. Connecticut 20-5 925 17
14. Purdue 21-5 877 19
15. Indiana 21-4 796 13
16. Drake 23-2 612 14
17. Washington St. 20-5 581 21
18. Louisville 20-6 543 23
19. Michigan St. 20-5 503 10
20. Vanderbilt 22-4 432 24
21. Notre Dame 19-5 361 20
22. Texas A&M 20-5 345 16
23. Saint Mary's, Calif. 22-3 302 25
24. Kansas St. 18-6 247 18
25. Marquette 18-6 176 --

Others receiving votes: Pittsburgh 59, BYU 43, Clemson 39, Gonzaga 18, Arizona 8, Mississippi St. 7, Rhode Island 6, Kent St. 3, Stephen F.Austin 2, Cornell 1, W. Kentucky 1.

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