There is a myth going around that Tennessee is worse than Duke, and I tend to think it’s based on little but national media and reputation.
Tennessee has the better results so far: Both teams have wins over 2 of the other teams on this list. Duke lost to the one common opponent, though (Gonzaga), while the Vols won. Additionally, Duke has a very underwhelming loss to Syracuse. The Vols’ only loss has been to a #2 at the time Kansas team that is on this list at #10.
Duke is top-heavy, but doesn’t have the starting 5 or bench depth of the Vols. The Vols are a complete team that can beat you a variety of ways. If Duke runs into a team where their top players are contained or having a bad day, it’s going to be an issue.
There really isn’t a good, legitimate reason to put the Devils ahead of the Vols at this point. Now #BeatFlorida.