A week ago, did anyone out there really believe that Sunday would end with Tennessee basketball players standing on chairs at Thompson-Boling Arena waving to a jubilant crowd of 21,936?
Or that a beaming Bruce Pearl would be helping the flag guy wave the giant orange flag?
What a day in Tennessee men's basketball history.
All the more so because what a week it has been in Tennessee basketball history.
My last image of Sunday was UT fans pointing their cell phone cameras at the scoreboard and snapping pictures of the surprising story it told:
Shorthanded Tennessee 76, No. 1 Kansas 68.
"Before the game,'' sophomore Renaldo Woolridge said, "little Pearl, Steve Pearl, told me we were the only people in this gym that know we're going to win this game.
"And that's how it had to be. We're a family. We had to stick together.''
Renaldo Woolridge. Kenny Hall. Josh Bone. Skylar McBee. And, yes, even Steven Pearl. All were heroes in their own way on a day when the Vols wrote the national college basketball headline and forged a new chapter in UT basketball lore.
Tennessee's A-list guys came though, too.
Scotty Hopson, UT's most gifted player, rose to the occasion, adjusting his game to score 11 of his 17 points in the second half.
Bobby Maze played the game of his life, matched against one of the best point guards in America, Sherron Collins.
Wayne Chism and J.P. Prince made timely contributions when they weren't on the bench in foul trouble.
But this win was about the guys who stepped up to fill the void created by the New Year's Day fiasco, the traffic stop that turned into a saga of guns and drugs.
Tyler Smith, dismissed on Friday, made no clutch plays Sunday. Nor will he the rest of the way.
Even if Cameron Tatum, Melvin Goins and Brian Williams return from indefinite suspension they will regret they played no part in a magical win over Kansas.
Woolridge, a starter now instead of a project, showed up big on the big stage with 14 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.
With Chism in foul trouble, Hall, the freshman, did all he could to make life difficult for Kansas aircraft carrier Cole Aldrich.
"This sends a very important message,'' Pearl said. "When things aren't going your way right away, you've got two choices. You can pack your bags and try to find a green pasture someplace else. Or, you can stay because your opportunity is going to come.
"I give Kenny and Renaldo great credit, and their families tremendous credit, for just hanging in there.''
Bone, who left a scholarship at Southern Illinois to play without one in his home state, contributed 12 solid minutes.
Freshman McBee, who came to UT with only the hope of a future scholarship, hit a shot-clock-beating 3-pointer with 34 seconds to play, a dagger in Kansas' heart.
"Skylar McBee and Josh Bone are good players,'' Pearl said.
"Is that shot (by McBee) worth how many hours in the gym, when other kids were going out doing something else?
"It paid off, it just paid off.''
Steven Pearl, the third walk-on thrust into the new rotation, got 10 minutes of work. He missed the front end of two one-and-ones, but had three rebounds, an assist and took a charge.
Said an appreciative father, "Why does he take abuse in practice all the time and never get out there because he's got so many good players in front of him? Why not just be a regular student?
"Because he's got the opportunity to do something like this.''
A something none of them will ever forget.
The Vols are 2-0 since their roster was reduced by four. After Sunday, the gloom is evaporating. Possibilities are intriguing again.
"If this is it,'' Pearl said, "then it doesn't say much.
"They've got to be just excited about playing Auburn on Thursday as they were about playing Kansas today.
"It's all about where we go from here.''
Mike Strange may be reached at email@example.com or 865-342-6276.