Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Head coach Rick Barnes and his Tennessee basketball Vols are still basking in the sunshine of an impressive win out in the desert on Sunday.
Tennessee led the number one team in the Nation by as many as 9 points, but the Zags, as you knew they would, rallied and built a lead of their own in the second half of Sunday's showdown in Phoenix.
But thanks to an inspired effort, led by Senior Admiral Schofield, the Vols would chip away at that lead. Admiral scored 25 of his career high 30 points in that second half, including the game winner giving Tennessee a 76-73 victory over the top ranked Bulldogs. In talking about the game and the confidence in his star player, coach Barnes said, "the last two plays, we ran plays to let him shoot the ball. he's an outstanding 15 foot player. It was a fun timeout the last timeout. We knew he was gonna get it, it was up to him whether he as gonna shoot the ball or play off the dribble. It was great listening to his teammates talk about where we want him to get the ball and Admiral said, wherever."
The win was Tennessee's fifth overall and first over an AP #1 ranked team since UT's win over Kansas back on January 10th of 2010. As for knocking the number one team in the nation coach Barnes said, "It is what it is. They're ranked number one and we showed some grit, but we have to get better and out guys know that. Grant Williams showed me a list of things he has to work and great players will do that. I'm happy for our guys. I don't think they were overly excited. we still have a long way to go."
Well as of Monday, the Vols don't have a long way to go to get number one. As a result of Sunday's win, Tennessee has moved up to number three in the Nation behind Kansas and Duke. Gonzaga falls to number four in this weeks Associated Press Top-25 Poll following the loss to the Vols who improve to 7-1 on the season.