Latest Basketball News (Week 3 February 2018)

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Tennessee Volunteers drops in AP polls after Georgia loss

The Tennessee Volunteers team has dropped a rank to get to #19 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll which was recently released owing to a loss at the hands of Georgia. The Vols learned that the SEC is the toughest conference in the country the hard way throughout the whole of last week. The Tennessee Volunteers though managed a hard earned 70-67 win over South Carolina currently 13th in the SEC rankings in Knoxville on Tuesday. But after this the Tennessee Volunteers were pitted against the Bulldogs where they being a clear cut favourite still saw themselves crumble to a 73-62 loss. But losses from Auburn, Alabama and Florida poised the Vols at a favourable spot for achieving the first spot at the SEC rankings but a surprising performance from Georgia put the game to bed and made sure no upsets were there. With four games left The Vols are looking to achieve a top four seed at the SEC Tournament in St.Louis.

Purdue misses out on top seed in AP Polls

In what was a week of shocks and shake ups in college basketball there is bound to be a lot of changes happening in the weekly Associated Press Top 25 rankings. Purdue according to ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi’s is going to be majorly affected by the proceedings. Less than even a week before Lunardi quoted Purdue as the top seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament Bracket. But has since dropped them to a No.2 slot in the Midwest Region this Friday. Lunardi thinks Purdue will face Montana in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. It has been a solitary week since Purdue’s draft as No.1 seed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee despite losing out to Ohio State at home and Michigan State on the road. The Boilermakers did manage to make up for the back to back losses though and got back into winning ways defeating Penn State 76-73 at home on Sunday and therefore is still a force to be reckoned with. Lunardi has baffled many by dropping Boilermakers from top seed spot, but this shouldn’t come as such a surprise.

Auburn fails to hold on to theirplace in Top 10 AP rankings

Auburn was in for a rude shock with a nine-point loss to South Carolina seeing them be pushed out of the recently compiled Associated Press Top 10 rankings. The Auburns slid to the No.12 spot this week from their previous #10. The Tigers though remain SEC’s top ranked team followed by the Tennessee Volunteers at No.19. The coaches poll is all set to be released on Monday where the Tigers were placed 11th last week.

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