NCAA Men's Basketball

No. 5 Vols stifle cold-shooting Ga. Tech

(AP photo/Wade Payne)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) No. 5 Tennessee celebrated its first top-five ranking in more than a decade by showcasing the stingy defense that helped these Volunteers earn their rare status.

Grant Williams scored 22 points as Tennessee beat cold-shooting Georgia Tech 66-53 on Tuesday night, one day after the Vols (3-0) moved up a spot in the Top 25 to reach the top five for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Georgia Tech (1-1) shot just 27.6 percent from the field - its lowest mark since Josh Pastner took over as coach in 2016. The Yellow Jackets had nearly twice as many fouls (30) as baskets (16).

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Duke2-0
2 Kansas2-0
3 Gonzaga2-0
4 Virginia2-0
5 Tennessee2-0
6 Nevada2-0
7 North Carolina3-0
8 Villanova2-0
9 Auburn2-0
10 Kentucky1-1
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Purdue2-0
2 Kansas2-0
2 Marshall2-0
2 Duke2-0
5 North Carolina3-0
6 Nevada2-0
6 Vanderbilt2-0
8 Vermont1-1
9 Fairfield1-1
10 Gonzaga2-0
10 Eastern Kentucky1-1
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