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December 28, 2007
Pearl has Vols back on right track
MORE: Head-to-Head Breakdown
A blowout loss to Texas on Nov. 24 dropped preseason top-10 team Tennessee below the national radar.
The Vols (11-1), though, are climbing back into the clouds. They'll carry a six-game winning streak into Spokane, Wash., for Saturday's game with Gonzaga (9-3).
Bruce Pearl's team comes off a big victory at Xavier last Saturday, the kind of road test that impresses the NCAA Tournament selection committee in March. Now the Vols, who still have nonconference games with Ohio State and Memphis, test themselves again against a Bulldogs team that recently fell out of the top 25 and could use a "lasting-impression" game of its own.
Gonzaga's losses have come against Texas Tech, Washington State and Oklahoma. Its last game was the loss to the Sooners.
Here's a closer look at the Vols-Bulldogs matchup, which will be televised nationally on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. EST.
Bob McClellan is the college basketball editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.