Tennessee basketball is No. 22 in the Associated Press poll for the second time this season.
The Vols (14-6, 5-3 SEC) slid to No. 22 after losing at Texas on Saturday and beating Florida on Jan. 26. Five of Tennessee's six losses are to teams currently ranked.
Tennessee hosts Texas A&M on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, SEC Network) and plays at South Carolina on Saturday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).
It was the third time in the past four seasons the Vols have been ranked in the preseason. UT was No. 12 entering last season. Tennessee was No. 6 entering the 2018-19 season, its highest preseason ranking in program history.
Tennessee won its season opener 90-62 against UT Martin on Nov. 9. The Vols routed ETSU 94-62 on Sunday.
The Vols rose to No. 17 after their 2-0 start.
UT rose to No. 15 after it split its games in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament. The Vols pounded North Carolina in an 89-72 win on Nov. 21. The Tar Heels were ranked No. 18, but dropped from the rankings. UT responded after losing 71-53 loss to No. 7 Villanova on Nov. 20.
The Vols rose to No. 13, then beat Tennessee Tech 80-69 on Nov. 26.
UT won 69-54 at Colorado in its lone nonconference road game before falling to Texas Tech 57-52 in overtime in New York. The Vols responded with a 76-36 win against UNC Greensboro, but fell to No. 18.
UT beat USC Upstate 96-52 on Dec. 14. Its game against Memphis on Saturday was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Memphis program. UT fell to No. 19.
Tennessee rose to No. 14 following its 77-73 win against then-No. 6 Arizona on Dec. 22. The Vols fell to No. 18 after losing to Alabama, then No. 22 following a 1-1 week with an overtime win against Ole Miss and a loss to LSU.
Tennessee slid to No. 24 after beating South Carolina then being blown out by Kentucky 107-79 on Jan. 22.
The Vols jumped to No. 18 after a 2-0 week with wins against Vanderbilt 68-60 on Jan. 18 then-No. 13 LSU in a 64-50 win on Saturday. The LSU win was Tennessee's third against a ranked team this season.
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