Back in my day, a #1 team coming to Nashville meant only one thing: a front-page worthy upset loss.
I had the good fortune to be at Vanderbilt from 2006-2008, encompassing two of the best seasons of basketball that Memorial Gym has ever seen. That meant defeating Joakim Noah and the #1 Gators behind Derrick Byars and a hyped-up Kevin Stallings 83-70 in 2007. One year later, it meant toppling the freshly-minted #1 Tennessee Volunteers in the midst of a white-out in Nashville, 72-69.
Now the Gators are back on the top of the NCAA for the first time since '07, and the Commodore faithful will be greeting them with a black-out. Can Vandy tap into the spirit of those late-00 teams and knock Florida off their place atop the national rankings? It will take a monumental effort, but nothing would mean more to this bare-boned team than to send its seniors out with a major upset at home.
UConn found a way to beat UF at home back in 2013 - let's look at how the Commodores can follow their lead.