MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- For the first time since 2013, no. 3 Tennessee and Memphis will square off for bragging rights in the Volunteer State.
Ironically, the last time the Memphis Tigers played a Top 3 team at home was 2008 against then no.1 Tennessee. Tennessee would win against top ranked Memphis.
Tennessee entering at no.3 is their highest AP ranking since defeating Memphis in 2008. The next poll had the Vols at no. 1.
Saturday's game in Memphis is the first true road game for the Vols this season. While Tennessee has played away from Knoxville several times, all games have been at neutral sites.
Dating back to 1969, Tennessee has a slight edge in the series, taking 14 games and dropping 11.
This is the first year for Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway, who is also a Memphis alumnus. Hardaway played for the Tigers (then Memphis State) from 1991-1993. While Tennessee won both meetings with Hardaway's Memphis State, Hardaway averaged 18 points and 10.5 rebounds in both contests.
The last time Tennessee played Memphis was 2013 in Knoxville. While the Vols made a comeback late in the second half, Memphis ended up taking the game 85-80.
This season, Memphis' leading scorer is Tyler Harris, and 5-foot-9 freshman guard from Memphis. Harris is averaging 16.2 points per game, hitting 43.3 percent of his field goals and 39.5 percent beyond the three-point arc.