Tennessee crept up a couple of notches in the new men's basketball rankings that came out Monday.
The Vols are up two spots to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and up four to No. 13 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.
In the only college basketball ranking that matters, however, Tennessee doesn't have much room to climb.
The Vols are No. 2 in the RPI power ranking, according to collegerpi.com and several other publications on Monday.
The RPI (rating percentage index) is one of the components used for selection and seeding for the NCAA tournament in March.
Georgetown is No. 1, followed by the Vols, Ohio State, Duke and Connecticut.
"It's a compliment to the teams we've played against,'' UT coach Bruce Pearl said Monday.
"Look at Belmont, they've only lost at Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Missouri State has only lost at Tulsa and Tennessee.
"VCU beat Wake Forest and UCLA. Villanova only lost to us.''
UT's next game - Saturday at No. 3 Pittsburgh - will only enhance Tennessee's stature. UT's schedule is ranked fourth nationally.
The Vols meet the Panthers at 3:15 p.m. at the Consol Energy Center as the second half of a Big East/SEC Invitational double-header.
Auburn and Rutgers play at 12:30.
After Pitt, the Vols are back home to play Oakland University one week from today. Oakland is a respectable 105 in the RPI.
"Who's Oakland? People think of the Oakland Raiders,'' Pearl said. "Well Oakland was in the NCAA tournament last year.
"That's the other thing, we don't have any bottom feeders, teams in the 300s.
"We do look to try to play people who play people.''
Oakland has already played West Virginia and Purdue and will take on Illinois and Michigan State prior to coming to Knoxville.
SEC commissioner Mike Slive has admonished his schools to beef up their basketball schedules.
Florida (12), Kentucky (14), Vanderbilt (23), Ole Miss (47) and Georgia (58) are in the top 100.
The others are South Carolina (122), LSU (165), Mississippi State (207), Arkansas (236), Alabama (308) and Auburn (321).
Harris Honored: Tobias Harris was named SEC freshman of the week for the second time this season.
Harris scored a career-high 21 points in UT's only game last week, an 86-56 win over Middle Tennessee.
Practice: Pearl was pleased with Monday morning's practice, which included a fair amount of conditioning. Things will get more physical today.
Raymonds Dies: Former Marquette coach Hank Raymonds died Monday at 85. Raymonds' final game as coach was a 57-56 NCAA tournament loss to UT in 1983.
As Marquette's athletic director, Raymonds agreed for Marquette to be the opening-night foe when Tennessee unveiled Thompson-Boling Arena in 1987. The Vols won 82-56.