No. 1 Alabama lost to No. 10 Tennessee on Wednesday. That result tied a longstanding record in college basketball history. Tennessee guard Jahmai Mashack (15) celebrates a play during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Alabama Crimson Tide held at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. Kns Vols Ut Martin Bp

Thursday’s SEC showdown between two of the best college basketball teams in the country did not disappoint. No. 10 Tennessee, who came in on the heels of two heartbreaking losses, came away with a 68-59 victory over No. 1 Alabama.

The game was tied 29-29 at halftime, but the Volunteers owned the second half to beat the Crimson Tide.

In the process, history was made.

If you heard about the Volunteers defeating the Crimson Tide and felt that this season has featured an inordinate number of top-ranked teams falling, you’re not wrong. Tennessee’s win over Alabama marked the eighth time this season that the AP’s No. 1 ranked team in the country lost. That ties a record in the AP era, which goes back more than 70 years.

What does this mean? Well, to college basketball fans, it meant multiple things.

One, with the NCAA Tournament lingering, there is no clear favorite. Two, because of that, we might see a winner from a non-major conference. Three, March Madness might be even more fun and unpredictable than usual.

Teams don’t seem to be able to go on any sustained runs before being tripped up. It’s been an issue for multiple schools. With that, it’s definitely hard to handicap what the tournament will look like in 2023. But there doesn’t figure to be a lot of dull moments come March.

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