Team of the Day: Tennessee

    
February 24th, 2008

Tennessee
25-2 (11-1 SEC)

Computer numbers (courtesy of kenpom.com): RPI 1, SOS 2

Seven national title and numerous Final Four banners hang from the rafters in Thompson-Boling Arena. They all, along with the distinction of being ranked number one on many occasions, belong to the Lady Vols. But thanks to their win at #1 Memphis on Saturday night, Bruce Pearl's Volunteers will be on top of the polls for the first time ever on Monday despite Chris Lofton's worst offensive performance (2-11 from the field, 7 points) of the season. The keys to the win: big plays in the second half by Memphis native J.P. Prince, and a 46-31 rebounding edge. The Tigers started out on fire from downtown, nailing five of their first eight attempts, but that turned out to be fool's gold as they finished 8-for-27. Yet for as good as it will feel on Monday when the polls come out, the Volunteers should now feel even better about the possibility of making their first-ever trip to the Final Four.

On the clock: California. With Oregon falling at UCLA on Saturday, the Golden Bears may be the Pac-10's best hot at getting seven bids. A win at #9 Stanford would help their cause immensely.