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Will Vanderbilt spoil Tennessee’s No. 1 ranking again?

(Photo: Twitter/@VandyMBB)

Tennessee is the No. 1 team in college basketball for only the second time in the program’s history. The last time Tennessee held the top spot in the polls, almost 11 years ago, it lost at Vanderbilt in its very next game.

Tennessee will play at Vanderbilt tonight. Will history repeat itself?

This year’s Vanderbilt isn’t nearly as strong as the Vanderbilt that spoiled Tennessee’s top-ranked fun back in February of 2008, less than 48 hours into the new poll. That Vanderbilt had only four losses, was ranked 14th in the country, and included a senior Shan Foster averaging over 20 points per game, plus seniors Ross Neltner and Alex Gordon, and a young AJ Ogilvy and Jermaine Beal. Foster dropped a game-high 32 points on the Vols that night, finishing 9-of-13 from the field and 6-of-9 from outside. It was considered an upset, but not a big one by any means.

Tonight, however, Vanderbilt is a double-digit underdog on its home floor with its star player out for the whole season. It’s unlikely Tennessee will fall to 0-2 all-time as No. 1 overall, but wouldn’t it be nice for Kentucky’s SEC hopes (and maybe its tournament seeding) if it happened?

If Tennessee does get its first ever win as the top team, the Vols will need to hold off West Virginia at home on Saturday to keep the spot for another week. Then with a very manageable five-game SEC slate after that, maybe we see a No. 1 Tennessee in Rupp Arena on Saturday, February 16.

You can watch Tennessee-Vandy tonight at 7 pm on ESPN2.

Go ‘Dores.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Will Vanderbilt spoil Tennessee’s No. 1 ranking again?

  1. cats646
    3:01 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Go Vols. I wanna take them down at Rupp.

    • cats646
      3:02 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Omg, I just said go vols? Some shoot me. Smh, fuk

    • cats646
      3:02 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink


    • catsarerunnin
      3:49 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      Get a grip dude.

    • unbridled
      4:27 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

      No I agree. I want UT’s next loss be to the cats. No question. Saturday is going to be one for the ages after we smoke kansas.

  2. lexcatfan2367
    4:51 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Go dores. I don’t care if ut loses from now on. I’ll never cheer for them.

  3. BGLawdog
    9:19 pm January 23, 2019 Permalink

    Vandy had them beat. Up 6 with the ball and less than 90 seconds left. Refs gave a BS flagrant foul on a rebound that was neither a foul nor a flagrant foul.

    • friendsofcoal
      1:29 am January 24, 2019 Permalink

      I agree BGL! The Vols got that game handed to them big time!

  4. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:52 am January 24, 2019 Permalink

    This really aged well.