Archrival Tennessee may have opened the door for Kentucky to return to the top of college basketball.
No. 16 Tennessee - without the services of leading scorer Tyler Smith, who was dismissed from the team earlier in week - defeated No. 1 Kansas 76-68 Sunday night at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.
The stunning upset might have paved the way for Kentucky, currently No. 3 in both major polls, to return to No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the first time since the final week of the 2002-03 season.
Kansas entered the week with 56 of the 65 first-place votes in the AP poll and 30 of the 31 first-place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll. The loss will almost assuredly drop them from the top few spots.
The remaining hurdle in the Cats' way is current No. 2 and undefeated Texas Longhorns. Texas entered the week picking up eight first-place votes in the AP and one first-place vote in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
Texas has notched marquee victories over North Carolina and Michigan State and defeated Arkansas and Colorado earlier this week.
Kentucky, fresh off a victory over conference foe Georgia, has significant wins over North Carolina, Connecticut and Louisville. The Cats garnered one first-place vote in last week's AP poll.
Conventional wisdom suggests that Texas will move to the top spot this week (and that would be my guess as well), but expect the Cats to pick up a large chunk of the first-place votes.