By Mike Clay Tennessee has gone 7-0 this season and is coming off a 31-14 victory over Tennessee in which it overcame a 28-0 halftime deficit.
The Vols (6-5, 4-5 SEC) are playing at a better level than most expected, averaging 38.8 points and 41.8 rebounds per game, with a +11.6 turnover margin.
They have scored over 100 points in nine of their last 10 games and are averaging a league-best 91.3 points per game.
The game is also the second time in two weeks that Tennessee has defeated a ranked opponent.
The Titans opened the season with a 28.3-point victory over Florida State on Oct. 14 and have since won four of their six games.
The offense is scoring at a league best pace (41.8 per game) and has totaled a league high 30,819 points.
The defense has also improved, giving up just 21.6 points per contest this season.
The Volunteers have won five of their past six games at home, including a 52-31 win over Vanderbilt on Oct 17.
Vanderbilt (5-7, 2-6) is coming into this game ranked fourth in the SEC in points allowed per game (27.3) and ninth in scoring defense (105.9).
The Commodores are coming off the back of a 35-point win over Texas A&M on Saturday.
Freshman point guard Kendall Williams leads the team in scoring with 18.3 ppg.
Junior forward Malik Williams leads all players with 14.3 and has a team-leading six 3-pointers.
Freshmen point guard Tyus Jones leads the conference with 12.3 rebounds per contest.
The Aggies have allowed the fewest points per 100 possessions in the country (27) while also holding opponents to a league low 42.7 points per effort.
Tennessee is 6-3 against ranked teams, including 5-0 in the last five meetings with Tennessee.
The Commods are coming in at No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the coaches poll.
Tennessee hosts Florida on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.