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Williams has 43, No. 1 Vols escape in OT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Grant Williams scored a career-high 43 points and finished off a three-point play with 31.6 seconds left in overtime to put top-ranked Tennessee ahead to stay, and the Volunteers avoided a repeat of their last trip to Memorial Gym freshly minted as the nation's No. 1 team by holding off Vanderbilt 88-83 on Wednesday night.

Barely.

The Volunteers (17-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 13th straight game and first since moving to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Monday for the second time in program history. They also have won five of the last six against their in-state rival.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Tennessee16-1
2 Duke16-2
3 Virginia17-1
4 Gonzaga18-2
5 Michigan18-1
6 Michigan State17-2
7 Nevada18-1
8 Kentucky15-3
9 Kansas16-3
10 Virginia Tech15-3
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas16-3
2 Duke16-2
3 Tennessee16-1
4 Michigan State17-2
5 Virginia17-1
6 Michigan18-1
7 Oklahoma13-5
8 Houston18-1
9 Kansas State15-4
10 LSU14-3
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