The Tennessee Vols played some of their worst basketball of the year on Saturday night against the Kentucky Wildcats.

But the loss to Kentucky was only one game. And one game doesn’t define a team or a season.

Despite the poor effort against the Wildcats, Tennessee is still viewed as a national championship contender by some folks in the media.

The Vols know they weren’t themselves against Kentucky. They know their performance was unacceptable by their own standards.

While I’m sure Rick Barnes and company wanted to see Tennessee’s win streak continue (it was snapped at 19 games), at the end of the day the number in the loss column isn’t a huge deal. The Vols are still in prime position to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Plus let’s be honest, whether or not Tennessee beat Kentucky in February will have zero effect on the Vols’ NCAA tournament run.

Losing to Kentucky doesn’t erase Tennessee’s stellar resumé that was compiled over the first 24 games of the season.

The Vols are still one of the top teams in the country. And they’re a legitimate threat to cut the nets down in April.

Featured image via Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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