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Tennessee basketball will start the season inside of the top 15, as expected. The Volunteers have debuted at No. 12 in the country in the first AP Poll of the year.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs edged out the Baylor Bears for the top spot in the nation. Tennessee is expected to play Gonzaga in Indianapolis in early December. Kansas, who Tennessee will host in late January, was ranked at No. 6.
The Volunteers were the second-ranked team in the SEC, trailing Kentucky who checked in at No. 10. Those were the only two SEC teams ranked in the initial poll.
We still don’t have the complete schedule at this point, but we know most of the pieces of the puzzle at this point. Tennessee will open the season on November 25th with a game against Charlotte.
Here’s the rest of the first AP Poll.
PRESEASON AP TOP 25
13. Michigan State
14. Texas Tech
15. West Virginia
16. North Carolina
18. Arizona State
21. Florida State
23. Ohio State