It’s unlikely but not impossible.
There’s no doubt the Tennessee Volunteers (2-0) must play a perfect game to beat No. 6 Duke (4-0) in the opening round of the Maui Classic Monday (5:30 p.m. EST, ESPN2).
But that’s why they play the games, and while the Vols were relaxing in Hawaii on Friday, Duke was playing a tough game at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Davidson.
While the Blue Devils beat Davidson 82-69, they trailed at halftime, and have looked vulnerable at times in wins over Belmont (77-76) and Michigan State (74-69).
A win over Duke would give Vols coach Cuonzo Martin a signature win, much like Bruce Pearl’s first team that went to Texas with a 5-0 record in 2005 and upset Kevin Durant and the No. 6 Longhorns.
You could argue this team has more talent than Pearl’s first team, and a win over Duke will prove to the country that Cuonzo Martin's Vols are for real.
But for UT to put themselves on he map, they will have to do these five things to beat Duke.