Alabama basketball is set to travel to Knoxville tomorrow to take on the struggling Tennessee Volunteers in a battle of two top 10 teams.

The Crimson Tide made history on Monday when the AP poll was released and Alabama was ranked as the number one team in the nation for the first time since the 2002-2003 season.

The Volunteers on the other hand come into Wednesday nights contest having dropped their last two games to inferior opponents on buzzer beaters. Tennessee was defeated by Vanderbilt after Tyrin Lawerence made an open three from the corner to upset the Volunteers. Saturday was the same story as senior DeAndre Gholston buried a 30 foot shot to shock the sixth ranked Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena.

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Alabama comes into the game 12-0 in league play for the first time since 1955-1956 and are the first team in the SEC to start 12-0 since the "super team" Kentucky Wildcats. That Kentucky team in 2015 was led by two future NBA  All Stars, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

The Crimson Tide will be without starting center Charles Bediako, who is currently dealing with a minor knee injury suffered during Saturday's game against Auburn.

The Crimson Tide might be the number one team in the nation, but Alabama beat reporter Mike Rodak reported that Alabama is a two and a half point road underdog. Tennessee comes into the game being ranked first in defensive efficiency in the country, only giving up 56.3 points per game on 40% shooting.

Alabama and Tennessee will square off at 6 p.m. CST at a sold out Thompson-Boling Arena on ESPN2.

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