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Vols Knock Off Number 1 Ranked Kansas

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Scotty Hopson had 17 points and No. 16

Tennessee, with a lineup thinned by suspensions, dismissals and

injuries, beat No. 1 Kansas 76-68 on Sunday night.

Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor stole the ball and dished it to Brady

Morningstar, who hit a 3-pointer with 1:14 left to cut Tennessee's

lead to 71-68.

Skylar McBee, one of three walk-ons who played for Tennessee,

answered with his own 3 as the shot clock expired.

Sherron Collins, who bailed the Jayhawks (14-1) out of a near

loss to Cornell on Wednesday with a career-high 33 points, couldn't

help this time, missing three shots before time expired. Collins

led Kansas with 22 points.

Kansas couldn't find its composure in front of 21,936 screaming

Tennessee fans at a sold-out Thompson-Boling Arena, which was

hosting a No. 1 team for the first time. The Jayhawks turned the

ball over 16 times, while Tennessee (12-2) had only eight

turnovers.

The loss leaves No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Kentucky as the only

unbeatens in Division I and it was the fourth this weekend by a Top

Ten team, joining No. 4 Purdue, No. 5 Duke and No. 8 West Virginia.

It was the Vols' first game after coach Bruce Pearl dismissed

Tyler Smith on Friday, a week after the senior was arrested on

misdemeanor gun and drug charges. Tennessee was also playing

without Cameron Tatum, Melvin Goins and Brian Williams, who were

arrested Jan. 1 with Smith.

But Tennessee, who had already lost two players before the

season started, played even more shorthanded than that. Starters

Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince found themselves in foul trouble early

and both spent more than half of the game on the bench.

The Vols showed they could play defense even playing three

walk-ons and two freshmen at the same time. They limited the

Jayhawks, who entered the game shooting 51.3 percent from the

field, to an uncharacteristic 37.7 percent. Tennessee shot 48.1

percent, the best by a Kansas opponent this season.

Bobby Maze added 16 points for Tennessee, and Renaldo Woolridge

had 14 points and eight rebounds playing in place of Smith.

Kansas shut down Tennessee's game in the paint early until

Woolridge hit three consecutive 3-pointers - all from the same spot

on the court - as part of a 14-2 run by the Vols.

From there the Vols found the lane a little more accessible.

Hopson drove to the basket for a layup at the end of the run to

give Tennessee a 27-21 lead. Tennessee finished with 30 points in

the paint compared to Kansas' 20.

Maze gave Tennessee its first lead with a layup around big man

Cole Aldrich that made it 23-21 with 5:59 in the first half. Kansas

would only lead once more, on an alley-oop dunk by Taylor with

18:03 in the second half that made it 37-36.

Taylor had 13 points, and Xavier Henry added 10. Aldrich grabbed

18 rebounds as Kansas outrebounded Tennessee 42-35.

Kansas entered the game averaging 27.6 points more than its

opponents and having dominated then-No. 18 Temple, its only other

Top 25 opponent, 84-52 on Jan. 2.

Kansas won the only other meeting between the schools, a 92-58

victory at Kansas on Jan. 3, 2009. The Jayhawks dominated that game

as Collins and Aldrich combined for 48 points. Smith led the Vols

with 21 points and nine rebounds.

It was the second consecutive win for Tennessee over a No. 1

opponent. The Vols last faced the No. 1 team when it won 66-62 at

Memphis on Feb. 23, 2008, a win that vaulted them to their first,

albeit brief, No. 1 ranking.

 

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