Tennessee, Vandy facing unfamiliar situations

Vanderbilt loses against ASU, eliminated from NCAA Tournament (Image 1)
Vanderbilt loses against ASU, eliminated from NCAA Tournament (Image 1)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee and Vanderbilt usually are playing for NCAA tournament seeding as well as in-state bragging rights this time of year.

Not this season.

Vanderbilt (9-13, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) and Tennessee (12-10, 4-6) have struggled through disappointing seasons that have left both teams in the bottom half of the league standings. This figures to be the first year since 2005 that neither team reaches the NCAA tournament. It could mark the first year since 1994-95 that both finish below .500.

They can take out their frustrations on each other Wednesday at Vanderbilt in the teams' second meeting of the season. Tennessee escaped with a 58-57 victory Jan. 29 at home after Vanderbilt missed two potential game-winning shots in the closing seconds.

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