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Pons scores 17 as No. 18 Tennessee beats No. 15 Kansas 80-61

Kansas coach Bill Self looks over during the team's NCAA college basketball game against...
Kansas coach Bill Self looks over during the team's NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. (Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)(Caitie McMekin | AP)
Published: Jan. 30, 2021 at 9:21 PM CST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Yves Pons scored 17 points, and No. 18 Tennessee never trailed in beating 15th-ranked Kansas 80-61 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Volunteers (12-3) won their second straight and notched their second win against a Top 15 opponent this season, a much-needed boost to their resume after COVID-19 issues scratched No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 14 Wisconsin and also a trip to Notre Dame.

This was just Tennessee’s second win all-time against Kansas in six games. The Vols now are 5-2 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

Kansas (11-6) now has lost four of five and dropped to 4-4 against ranked opponents this season.

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