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Williams has 43, No. 1 Vols escape in OT

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Grant Williams had the game of his life and the best free throw shooting performance by a college player in six decades.

Tennessee needed every last point in its first outing this season as the nation's top-ranked team.

Williams scored a career-high 43 and made all 23 free throws as the Volunteers avoided a repeat of their last trip to Memorial Gym when also freshly minted No. 1, holding off Vanderbilt 88-83 in overtime Wednesday night.

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1 Tennessee17-1
2 Duke16-2
3 Virginia17-1
4 Gonzaga18-2
5 Michigan18-1
6 Michigan State17-2
7 Nevada19-1
8 Kentucky15-3
9 Kansas16-3
10 Virginia Tech15-3
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1 Kansas16-3
2 Duke16-2
3 Tennessee17-1
4 Michigan State17-2
5 Virginia17-1
6 Oklahoma14-5
7 Michigan18-1
8 LSU15-3
9 Kansas State15-4
10 Houston19-1
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