Tennessee is poised to take over the
Number-1 ranking in men's Division 1 basketball for the first time
in school history.
The Vols' men's team, overshadowed by the Lady Vols in
basketball and its perennially highly ranked football team, handed
top-ranked Memphis its first loss of the season, 66-62. That means
almost certainly Tennessee will be ranked Number-1 when the
rankings are released Sunday.
Tyler Smith hit a tough turnaround jumper in the lane with 26.5
seconds left to give the Vols the lead. J.P. Prince then hit two
free throws with 8.8 seconds left and Chris Lofton added two more
free throws with 2.9 seconds left to clinch it. Smith finished with
16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tennessee.
The loss ends the dream of Memphis for an undefeated season. The
Tigers are 26-and-1. They were trying to become the first team
since Indiana in 1976 to go undefeated in men's Division 1
basketball. Tennessee is 25-and-2.
Poor free throw shooting doomed Memphis. The Tigers were just
8-of-17 from the free throw line. Derrick Rose led all scorers with
23 for Memphis. This ends a 47-game home winning streak for
The game attracted a star-studded crowd including Priscilla
Presley and Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning, a Tennessee