Tennessee's win over Villanova came by a 78-68 count on a neutral floor last Friday, but apparently it wasn't convincing enough for some voters in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
While 40 of 62 voters have UT (5-0) ranked higher than the Wildcats (5-1), Villanova is No. 12 and UT is No. 13. The AP ballots from a national media panel are made public.
The Wildcats are also ranked ahead of the Vols in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll (No. 12, No. 17), but those votes are not made public.
Tennessee has a national RPI of No. 2, and Villanova has an RPI of 79, according to RealTimeRpi.com.
A look at the AP ballots reveal the Vols' identity crisis hits harder closer to home than nationally.
Both of the state of Tennessee's AP voters had Villanova ranked higher than the Vols on their ballots, according to the AP.
Kristin Tallent, from WHBQ-TV in Memphis, had the Vols ranked No. 21 and Villanova No. 8.
Jeff Lockridge from the Tennessean had UT No. 20 and Villanova No. 16.
The only two voters who didn't have the Vols ranked in their top 25 come from states that border Tennessee.
Whitelaw Reid of Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Journal had Villanova No. 8 and the Vols unranked, and Roger Clarkson of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald has Villanova No. 16 and UT unranked.
Other voters from SEC cities weren't impressed enough by the Vols' win over Villanova to move them ahead of the Wildcats, either.
Ron Morris of The State in Columbia, S.C., had UT No. 20 and Villanova No. 7, and Gary Laney of the Baton Rouge (La.) Advocate had the Vols No. 18 and Villanova No. 7.
Jerry Tipton, of the Lexington Herald-Leader, was one of only two voters who didn't have Villanova in his Top 25 and put the Vols at No. 23.
The Vols' highest vote was No. 6 by three pollsters: Seth Davis from Sports Illustrated; Mark Berman from the Roanoke (Va.) Times; and Tom Keegan from the Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World.