Vandy because we want the #1 team to go down
Tennessee because we don't want the Baby Blues poised to assume the #1 spot
OK, here's a tuffie! #1 Tennesse and # 14 Vandy square off tonight @ 9p (ESPN). Who do we want to win? Do we pull for Vandy because everyone loves to see the #1 team drop? Or do we pull for Tennessee because we don't want the Baby Blues poised to slide into the #1 spot (assuming they win this weekend)?
Ban Naked Sheep.
It's not a tough question.
Duke's goal is to win a national championship, not to prevent North Carolina from getting ephemeral poll honors. A Tennessee loss improves Duke's chance of getting a better NCAA tournament seed, and the tournament is what matters.
Vandy. We need as many top teams (especially those with potential to get placed in the Charlotte regional) to lose as possible. NCAA seeding is much more important than polls, IMO.
Besides, a victory over #1 UNC at Cameron, is much sweeter.
Only because I know several UT fans that have resorted to talking mad crap since they're ranked #1. (For the first time in school history, might I add.) I hope Vandy waxes their butts.
Good reasoning, I know.
I think the hangover from knocking off Memphis will be hard for Tenn to overcome. Plus Vandy's stadium is weird to play in with the benches at the ends (although Tenn should be relatively used to this by now). But the question is not who do we think will win but who we want to win. I say Vandy for a couple of reasons. First their fans are starting to get obnoxious. Second, since they are not on our schedule we don't have any control over their seeding. UNC on the other hand is on our schedule and if we take care of our own business, we won't have to worry about them.
What everyone else said, plus I'm an alum. Go Dores!
That said, when the two teams played in Knoxville, UT was clearly the quicker, more energetic, more aggressive and better team. Vandy will really need to step it up tonight, even with the home court advantage, to break through.
Vandy is the easy choice for me. As stated above, if we can whup the heels in Cameron everything works out just fine. Besides, Rocky Top is almost as obnoxious as the Wake fight song used to be before they went tie-dye.
Vandy up by 8 with 5 min to go. Are there any other stadiums where the benches are along the baseline? It's so odd...I've never seen anything like it. And there's sooo much space between the sideline and the first row of seats.
Looking good so far for the team without an athletic department. Up 8 with less than 5 min to go.
vandy is a class act. did you notice that the cops told all the students to stay off the court with a couple of minutes left and then made a wall as the buzzer sounded? some of the other schools with court storming students should take notice because one of these games is going to have a huge brawl with students and opposing players. memphis last week came very close.
Man that baseline pass was sweeeeet.