The No. 1 Memphis Tigers go down swinging!

John LewisSenior Writer IFebruary 26, 2008

Over the weekend Tennessee proved what many analysts and fans thought, Memphis could be beaten, but what Tennessee really did was expose to the world the ultimate weakness of the former No. 1.

Memphis can't hit free throws.

The Tigers shot 47 percent from the charity stripe and lost the game by four points.

John Calipari is down playing his team's free throw percentage, but he's got to be thinking that when the game is on line, his players can't hit from the line. And so, this loss could make it tough for Memphis to claim a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament and give the Tennessee Volunteers a top seed.

The Vols won the game despite the team's best player, senior, Chris Lofton scoring only seven points. Winning without a great scoring effort from your best player has to be great news for Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl.This will definitely give the rest of the team confidence going into the final stretch of the season. Let's not count out the Tigers, however, they did lose at home, but it was to a team deep in talent.

So what does this mean for the rest of the country?

There are no real clear cut favorites to win it all this year. Several teams have a chance to cut down the nets and claim the trophy.  So far, the leading candidates for the title are Tennessee, UNC, Memphis, UCLA and Kansas.

While these are the front runners, each team listed above does have a number of losses to look back on. Tennessee has two losses on the season, one to Texas and one to Kentucky. UNC also has two losses, one to Duke and one to Maryland. Memphis has only the one loss to Tennessee, but was exposed in the process. UCLA has three losses and the last one came at Washington, the ninth place team in the PAC-10.

Kansas also has a couple of losses, most recently over the weekend against Oklahoma St. Just like the other title contenders, however, Kansas has talent and goes seven deep. With the emergence of Darnell Jackson, the Jayhawks have turned a weakness into a strength.

We'll definitely have to wait and see what happens next.