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KNOXVILLE -- Southeastern Conference Eastern Division shakedown week continues but won't conclude tonight when ranked rivals Tennessee and Vanderbilt battle in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Fourteenth-ranked UT (15-3, 3-1) still hosts Florida this weekend, when No. 21 Vandy (15-3, 4-0) will visit top-ranked Kentucky.

But the Volunteers and Commodores start their end of the wild week tonight.

"I've never overdone (talking about) what this means," UT coach Bruce Pearl said Tuesday night. "You get to this point in the SEC, and we can smile and grin at each other because we've gone through a few seasons together, and you can ask me that question every single night, 'Is this a must win?' Every day, you can ask that question ... but here's the deal. You've got to win on your home court, and you've got to win some on the road.