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Tennessee basketball: Memphis Tigers No. 1 recruiting class puts pressure on Vols

There’s no debate anymore. With the Memphis Tigers securing a commitment from five-star Precious Achiuwa, they have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class across all services. Meanwhile, Tennessee basketball is trying to replace its four most important players from last year.

Back in December, when the Vols beat the Tigers at the FedEx Forum, Penny Hardaway went out of his way to restore the intensity of the rivalry. He continually took shots at Rick Barnes and UT throughout the year, even as Rocky Top was spending weeks on top of the polls while his team missed out on the NCAA Tournament.