Tuesday , Jan , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Tennessee gets annihilated and Duke falls to No. 2

I don’t think anyone expected it.

It’s not the fact that Tennessee lost that’s so astonishing, because Duke is a very, very good team. It’s the fact that Tennessee got destroyed.

The Lady Vols lost 75-53 to the Blue Devils last night. For Pat Summit and the Vols, the loss means many things. For one, Summitt will have to wait for win 901 a little longer than she had hoped. Two, Tennessee’s undefeated season was snapped. Three, only six Vols scored in the game and their leading scorer, point guard Shanna Zolman, was not one of them. Four, and probably worst of all for the team, is that you just know Summitt is going to give them hell. I guarantee that their bus ride home was not too pleasant.
For Duke, the win means many things also. Many good things, though. First off, their undefeated season stands. Second, Lindsay Harding can definitely celebrate with a team-high 15 points and career-high eight steals. And lastly, they handed Tennessee their worst loss since March 2002 when they lost to Connecticut 79-56 in the NCAA final four.
Oh, but wait. Monday night got even better. Not only did the Tennessee-Duke game take most fans by surprise, but the Duke men lost their spot at the top of the AP Poll. Connecticut claimed No. 1, giving the Big East conference an edge in the rankings with seven teams in the top 25. Florida moved down to No. 5, which means the NCAA prospectus is changing rapidly.
Florida and Duke need to reclaim their status as the top teams if they want to be considered a major force in the NCAAs. But with Texas, Memphis and Connecticut creeping up, it may be tough. Watch out.