KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Playing as a ranked team for the first time in seven years, Tennessee reacted as if it's a fixture in the Top 25.
Grant Williams overcame early foul trouble to collect 19 points and eight rebounds as Tennessee beat Lipscomb 81-71 Saturday for its fourth straight win. The Volunteers entered the Top 25 this week, their first appearance in the poll since December 2010.
"It's different because teams are now trying to knock us off because they feel like they can earn something because they beat a ranked team," said Tennessee guard Chris Darrington, who had 11 points and five assists. "We need to be on edge every single game because every single team's trying to knock us off because they were ranked."