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Vols’ final USA TODAY Sports Coaches Poll ranking released ahead of NCAA Tournament

No. 2 seed Tennessee (24-8, 14-4 SEC) will open NCAA Tournament play on Thursday.

The Vols will play No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s (19-13, 12-8 MAAC) at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tipoff between Tennessee and the Peacocks is slated for 9:20 p.m. EDT and will be televised by TNT.

The final USA TODAY Sports Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll was released on Monday ahead of the NCAA Tournament. Tennessee is ranked No. 6.

Rank

Team

Record

Points

Change

1

UConn

31-3

800 (32)

+1

2

Houston

30-4

752

-1

3

Purdue

29-4

740

4

Iowa State

27-7

697

+4

5

North Carolina

27-7

672

-1

6

Tennessee

24-8

595

-1

7

Auburn

27-7

573

+5

8

Marquette

25-9

560

+2

9

Arizona

25-8

544

-2

10

Illinois

26-8

508

+4

11

Creighton

23-9

506

-5

12

Kentucky

23-9

415

-3

13

Baylor

23-10

411

14

Duke

24-8

400

-3

15

Saint Mary’s

26-7

297

+5

16

Gonzaga

25-7

220

-1

17

South Carolina

26-7

218

-1

18

Alabama

21-11

197

+1

19

Utah State

27-6

193

-1

20

Kansas

22-10

188

-3

21

BYU

23-10

182

22

Texas Tech

23-10

134

+1

23

Florida

24-11

130

+6

24

Wisconsin

22-13

110

25

San Diego State

24-10

74

+2

Schools dropped out

No. 22 Nevada; No. 24 Dayton; No. 25 Washington State

Others receiving votes

New Mexico 68; Washington State 63; James Madison 30; Dayton 30; Nevada 29; Drake 29; Nebraska 12; North Carolina State 11; Colorado 4; Indiana State 2; Boise State 2; Pittsburgh 1; Michigan State 1; McNeese State 1; Grand Canyon 1

Story originally appeared on Vols Wire