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Memphis/Tennessee claim top two spots in polls ahead of match up

The Memphis Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers now hold the top two spots in the latest round college basketball polls.

The Vols climbed from #4 to #2 in the polls. It makes Saturday's game the first #1 vs. #2 match up in either school's history.

The game is sold-out and  tips off at 8 p.m. It will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Tennessee (23-2) climbed over Duke, the previous #2, after the were upset Sunday at Wake Forest. Kansas had been #2, but lost last Monday to Texas.

It is Tennessee's highest ranking in school history.

The Tigers, remained #1 for the fifth consecutive week.

The Tigers are 2-4 in their history against #2-ranked teams. The beat Loyola-Chicago in 1964 and Louisville in 1972.

The Vols are 2-10 all-time against #1 teams. They beat Kentucky in 1966 and South Carolina in 1969.

It will be just the second time the city of Memphis has hosted a match up of top-five teams. The first was earlier this year when Memphis beat Georgetown, 85-71.

Before the weekend match up, both teams must first get buy their next opponents.
Memphis plays Wednesday at Tulane. Tennessee hosts Auburn.

Action News 5 has a crew headed to Knoxville this week for coverage on the cross-state match up.

Stay with Action News 5 and for all the latest on the battle for the state of Tennessee and position atop the polls in college basketball.

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