KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After four weeks ranked No. 1 in the country, the Vols have fallen to No. 7 after two loses in three games.
Tennessee lost in overtime at LSU Saturday, 82-80. It was only Tennessee's second in the SEC and third loss on the season.
Gonzaga (27-2) returns to the top spot in the country after spending two weeks at No. 1 when the Zags beat the Blue Devils to win the Maui Invitational in November. Mark Few’s staff fell out after a December loss to Tennessee followed by one other to North Carolina. The Bulldogs have since won 18 straight games.
Virginia moved up a spot to No. 2 and had 15 first-place votes, while the Blue Devils fell to third after dropping at house to rival North Carolina in a recreation that saw freshman star Zion Williamson go down with an damage to his proper knee in the opening minute — complete with the picture of his left foot tearing by means of his shoe as he fell to the floor.
The Tar Heels climbed to a season-excessive fifth behind Kentucky. Michigan State, Tennessee, Houston, Michigan and Marquette rounded out the top 10.
Preseason No. 1 Kansas fell to fifteenth, the Jayhawks’ lowest ranking since January 2014.
There have been three new additions to this week’s poll, headlined by Wofford checking in at No. 24 for the primary AP poll appearance in program history. The Terriers (24-four) are 16-0 in the Southern Conference and their solely losses have come towards power-convention groups UNC, Oklahoma, Kansas and Mississippi State.
Cincinnati and Washington each re-entered the poll, while Louisville, Iowa State and reigning nationwide champion Villanova slid out.
The Vols will now look to bounce back on the round at Ole Miss Wednesday, and a rematch at home against Kentucky.