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Anchor Drop, February 18, 2018: Vanderbilt’s out of last place

Vanderbilt beat Florida and Ole Miss lost to Mississippi State, pulling Vanderbilt out of the cellar.

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Good morning. Your Vanderbilt Commodores beat the Florida Gators yesterday while Ole Miss got drubbed by Mississippi State. That puts Ole Miss alone in last place in the SEC with a 4-10 record, while Vanderbilt is tied with South Carolina at 5-9. We normally wouldn’t be happy about being in a tie for 12th, but we’re not in last place, so that’s progress.

In more important news, Romeo Langford was at yesterday’s game, and Adam Sparks got some quotes from him, which Indiana fans are claiming is an NCAA violation because Vanderbilt evidently exercises control over what a beat writer for the Tennessean does.

Next door at Hawkins Field, the baseball team lost to Duke by a 5-4 score, setting up the rubber match at 1 PM today on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.

The women’s bowling team finished the second day of qualifying at the Lady Jack Invite in fifth place yesterday, though they won four of their five matches. They’ll play the final round today and the highest they can finish is third.

The men’s golf team is in the lead after 36 holes at the SunTrust Gator Invitational, their first event of the spring season. Senior Theo Humphrey shot 68s in both rounds on Saturday to place third on the individual leaderboard, and Vanderbilt leads host Florida by one stroke going into Sunday’s final round.

The women’s swimming team competes in the final day of the SEC Championships today at 6 PM CT on the SEC Network. Also on the SEC Network at noon CT, the women’s basketball team travels to Florida. We don’t talk about the women’s basketball team much, but I would advise you not to look at their record.

Off the West End

The Preds lost to the Red Wings last night, their second consecutive regulation loss.

In the SEC, we’re used to a certain team getting all the calls from SEC officials -- but I really do feel like the SEC’s favoritism has nothing on the Big 12’s favoritism for Kansas. There is no legitimate explanation for how one team attempts 35 free throws in a game while the other team attempts 2.

LeBron James has no plans to shut up and dribble. Good.

The U.S. is not doing so great in the Winter Olympics, but FiveThirtyEight thinks they could pick up the pace in the final week. The reason: sports that the U.S. traditionally does well in, like the bobsled, haven’t awarded medals yet.

We’ll have an open thread this afternoon for women’s basketball and baseball. Enjoy your Sunday, and if you have President’s Day off, enjoy your long weekend.