Two quick thoughts on Tennessee's loss to Vandy, with more to come in the morning.
The Vols are still a No. 1 seed, no doubt.
This piece from the Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy was published before Tuesday's game, but it spells out the top-seed situation fairly well. The short version is the Vols (25-3) are atop the RPI, are 8-2 against the RPI top 50 and are the only team to beat Memphis.
The only team with a comparable résumé is Texas, which is 10-3 against the RPI top 50, with wins against Tennessee, UCLA and Kansas. The Vols do need to keep winning, though, and Sunday against Kentucky won't be a cakewalk.
Second, Tennessee's scrappy style – played to perfection against Memphis – does have its flaws. The Vols were good on defense, but didn't suffocate Vandy's Shan Foster on the perimeter, which resulted in Foster hitting 9-of-13 shots for 32 points (1.76 PPWS!). And the offense was only bailed out by Chris Lofton's hot shooting. He hit 7-of-18 field-goal attempts (the 1.17 PPWS isn't amazing as he cooled off in the 2nd half); everyone else was 13-of-43. The Vols really need a point guard.
Now, where does Vandy fit in with the rest of the title contenders? More to come tomorrow.
In the meantime, cast your vote for the new No. 1 team here.
Also, the silly numbers from Vandy's win:
The Vols have played hoops for 99 seasons, but this was their first week at No. 1. Probably the last, too.
It's the seventh time in the last eight games No. 2 has beaten No. 1. The lone exception was Duke in 2005 against Texas.
It was the 7th time the Commodores have beaten a No. 1 team, the most from a school that's never been No. 1 itself. It's also their fourth straight home win against a top-ranked foe.