Around the SEC: Vanderbilt Takes Down Tennessee in Shocking Upset
The Tennessee Volunteers have dropped a third game in the SEC by way of a massive upset in Nashville at the hands of the Vanderbilt Commodores. This shocking loss drops the Volunteers to third place in the SEC, now a full game behind Texas A&M and three games behind Alabama. The matchup last night was not without fireworks, as the Commodores won on a buzzer beater three-pointer to take down 6th ranked Tennessee 66-65.
The loss puts Tennessee in a precarious spot as we head down the final stretch of the regular season. Of course, they are a lock for the NCAA Tournament and will still likely secure a No. 2 seed, but you have to think their chances of winning an SEC regular season title are all but completely dashed at this point.
With another convincing win from Alabama over Florida last night, the Crimson Tide have moved to 11-0 in-conference and have a very comfortable lead. While their toughest games still remain with road matchups against Auburn, Tennessee, and now-second-place Texas A&M, it would take quite the collapse for Alabama not to secure their second SEC title in the past three years.
Tennessee will take on Missouri in Knoxville on Saturday, and Texas A&M will head to Baton Rouge to take on a struggling LSU squad. Keep an eye on Arkansas down the stretch, who likely cannot compete for a regular season title, but will soon get back star freshman Nick Smith Jr., who could change the whole dynamic of a Hogs team that has been playing much better as of late. They have a home matchup against a tough Mississippi State team on Saturday.
Of course, the marquee game of the weekend will be the Iron Bowl of Basketball in Auburn. The reeling Tigers, losers of four of their last five, could use a huge win desperately. Alabama, who has recovered extremely well from the disaster two weeks ago at Oklahoma, wants to keep their in-conference undefeated streak alive and take down their most hated rival in the process. We’ll have a full preview on WNSP.com tomorrow!