Rick Barnes spoke publicly for the first time since the AP Poll ranked the Vols as the #1 team in the country
The top ranked and 16-1 Vols travel to Memorial Coliseum in Nashville to face the 9-8 Commodores who are winless in SEC play.
Tennessee forward Grant Williams has been named to a midseason watch list of players in contention for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Lady Vols fell 80-79 to Arkansas at Thompson-Boling Arena on Monday night, in what was their fifth straight loss of the season.
The last time Tennessee reached No. 1 in the AP Top 25 it lost to Vanderbilt the next day.