Vols jump to No. 15 in AP Poll

Tennessee basketball rides a five-game win streak into Tuesday's game against Kentucky.

Tennessee basketball came in at No. 15 in Monday's AP Poll.

The Vols (17-5, 7-3 SEC) extended their winning streak to five games with Saturday's win 94-61 win over Ole Miss. The team now has sole possession of second place in the Southeastern Conference.

The No. 15 ranking is the highest Tennessee basketball has seen since Dec. 13, 2010. Bruce Pearl's Vols checked in No. 8 in the nation that week; they had spent the previous week at No. 11, and the final week of November 2010 at 13th in the nation.

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ESPN's basketball power index (BPI) projects the Vols as the most likely to secure a No. 1 seed in March's NCAA Tournament. Seth Walder pegged Tennessee's chances at 24 percent, ahead of basketball programs such as Duke, Kansas, Xavier, and Auburn.

Tennessee will travel to Lexington to play No. 24 Kentucky (17-6, 6-4 SEC). Kentucky fell from its No. 21 ranking after a 69-60 loss to Missouri on Saturday.

Tip-off for Vols-Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. ET.