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Upset Alert: No. 1 Tennessee Is In A Serious Battle Tonight

Two Tennessee basketball players smiling on the court.

KNOXVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 29: Grant Williams #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers and Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrate on the bench during the second half of the game between the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena on December 29, 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 96-53. (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

Tennessee basketball's spot at the top of the polls might not last for long...

The Volunteers, who have risen to the No. 1 overall ranking in the country, are in a serious battle this evening.

Tennessee is taking on Vanderbilt and it's an extremely tight contest late in the second half.

Right now, it's Vanderbilt 64, Tennessee 61. 

Tennessee is ranked No. 1 for the first time since the 2008 season.

From the AP:

“When you go back to where we were two years ago and where we were last year, the biggest change in our program was when we got to where we could defend people,” said coach Rick Barnes, who’s in his fourth season at Tennessee.

The Vols say that focus on defense has been missing at times this season, even as they’ve moved up in the rankings. Tennessee (16-1, 5-0 SEC) now wants to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.

The only other time the Vols reached the No. 1 spot was February 2008 — and then they promptly lost 72-69 at Vanderbilt the following night. Tennessee visits short-handed Vanderbilt (9-8, 0-5) Wednesday in the Vols’ first game since moving back atop the polls.

Stay tuned.