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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

When an upset is not an upset

There are a lot of talking heads going on about Vanderbilt upsetting Tennessee on Tuesday night.

Which brings me to my annual point. Just because a higher-ranked team loses in college basketball doesn't automatically make it an upset.

In this case, I had already told people in the office,'Watch Tennessee lose at Vanderbilt.''

That's not being negative. That's having covered SEC basketball on the road in the 1990s.

It's not always travel that makes winning on the road. It's playing in a different gym without fan support. And, in the case of Tuesday's game, Vanderbilt is pretty good. The Commodores are No. 18 in the country.

So to me, that's not so much of an upset.


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