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Anchor Drop, February 23, 2018: Spring Football starts Monday

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Also: UMass-Lowell comes to town, tennis goes to Northwestern, and the women’s basketball team drops another one.

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Good morning. Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team dropped its sixth game in a row on Thursday night, an 83-68 decision to Missouri to drop to 6-23 on the season and 2-13 in the SEC. That record doesn’t really need much explaining. Luckily, Sunday’s home game against Arkansas will be the final game of the regular season, so this is almost over.

The football team will open spring practice on Monday. The NCAA-mandated 15 spring practices will culminate with the Spring Showcase on March 24, which we learned yesterday will be televised on the SEC Network. Zac Ellis has more about spring football.

The baseball team is back in action today, welcoming UMass-Lowell to Hawkins Field for the first of a three-game series with the Riverhawks. The first pitch will be at 4 PM CT and the game will be broadcast on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app. UMass-Lowell is 2-2 this season, with a pair of wins over Morehead (heh) State and two losses to Ball (heh heh) State.

Both the women’s and men’s tennis teams will be in action at Northwestern today. Northwestern has a livestream of the matches, though it’s not free.

Former Commodore Luke List shot a 1-over-par 71 in the first round of the Honda Classic on Thursday, putting him five shots off the lead going into Friday’s action. Matthias Schwab shot 4-under through the first two rounds of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, which should get him past the cut line.

Off the West End

I have no comment on the ongoing drama involving Nashville’s Mayor.

The Drexel Dragons trailed the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens 53-19 at one point last night. Drexel wound up winning the game 85-83, completing the largest comeback in NCAA history.

Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr., likely one of the top three picks in the 2018 NBA Draft, has been cleared for basketball activities after missing all but two minutes of this season. Vanderbilt plays Missouri on Tuesday.

MLB spring training games start today.

15-year-old Alina Zagitova of Russia won the gold medal in figure skating at Pyeongchang.

Pat Forde and Pete Thamel went through more documents in the FBI investigation, and Wade Baldwin’s name came up in them — though to be clear, the documents don’t list Baldwin as having taken any money while still at Vanderbilt. But we shall all collectively hold our breath now.