No. 1 Team in the Country Goes Down...Again: Tennessee Falls to Vanderbilt

John LewisSenior Writer IFebruary 27, 2008

The Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball team has played over 3,000 games in their history, but last night was their first as the No.1 team in the country.

It also may have been their last. 

With head coach Bruce Pearl wearing his typical orange jump suit, the Vols went down to conference rival and No. 18 Vanderbilt, 72-69.

The loss will likely end their run at No. 1 and likely put Memphis back in the top spot in America.  But let's look on the bright side, Tennessee finished 1-1 during tough back to back road games.  This has to give the Vols some confidence going in to the rest of the season. 

So what does this mean for the possible No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament? It simply means that Memphis is the only sure thing. 

I doubt Memphis will lose another game, so they should be 33-1 come tourney time.  That leaves just three other top seeds out there and closing in on another one will be Texas.  The Longhorns have been extremely hot recently and sport the best record in the Big 12.

That leaves just two No. 1 seeds left and a handful of teams that could grap the spots.  You have UCLA, UNC, Kansas, Duke and Tennessee.  With a couple of big games left on the schedule before the conference tournaments begin, the smoke should clear a little bit.

Until then we'll just see a lot of good basketball.