(Hey, if you can't enjoy gallows humor, you can't enjoy humor.)
So last we left the Lady Vols, they were busy losing on the road to a (then) 8-win LSU Lady Tigers team with even worse luck than Tennessee. Mix in two offensively derptastic teams, add a pinch of can't-hit-free-throws, and garnish with one wrong-end-of-the-court gratuitous foul with 4 seconds left, and you have a Tennessee team that is now out of the top 25 for the first time since a suitable analogy existed to end a "first time since" cliche.
Thanks to the most mediocre SEC conference standings in a long, long time, there is still a chance at a top 4 standings by the end of the season, which would grace Tennessee with a bye in the SEC tournament and the chance to avoid near-certain-tournament-winner South Carolina for just a little bit. In the same breath, a #8/9 seed is also well in play, which would have Tennessee facing their earliest conference tournament exit since possibly ever.
But enough about a team with roughly as many McDonald's All-American player as the rest of the conference combined.
Tennessee goes on the road to face an Alabama team that is 3-11 in SEC play (tied with LSU). Like LSU, it's a team that Tennessee really should beat. Unlike LSU, it's a team that is 3-11 due to a lack of talent across the board rather than a slew of injuries to rather important players. If Tennessee loses tonight, it's probably time to openly ask whether the gals have openly quit on the season/coaches/AD/whatever. Until then, for the first time in decades, it's just a Lady Vols game in SEC play against a team with less talent.
Prediction: 65-49 Tennessee. Why not?