Good morning. Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team will close the regular season today with a home game against Arkansas, and the team’s three seniors — Rachel Bell, Myka Dancy, and Christa Reed — will be honored before the game. Today’s game will air on the SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app at 2:00 PM CT.
The men’s basketball team fought hard, chiseling a 24-point deficit with seven minutes left down to four with under a minute remaining, but couldn’t quite catch Texas A&M in a 89-81 loss yesterday. Bryce Drew mentioned on Saturday that he’d wanted to redshirt Ejike Obinna this season but couldn’t do it.
Wade Baldwin denied any wrongdoing in meeting with agent Christian Dawkins, who is currently facing a federal indictment.
The baseball team crushed UMass-Lowell by a 15-2 score on Saturday — the third straight game in which the Commodores have scored 15 runs — for their fifth consecutive victory, improving to 6-1 on the season. Adam Sparks wonders if Patrick Raby will continue pitching out of the bullpen as the season wears on. Vanderbilt will close the series with UMass-Lowell at noon CT today.
The women’s lacrosse team beat Furman, 19-7, on Saturday in their home opener, improving to 3-0 on the season. Today, men’s tennis will travel to Indiana, while women’s tennis is at North Carolina.
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Silver lining to college basketball's FBI fiasco: It has brought out the best in Bill Walton tonight. Entertaining as always of course, but also unusually cogent and insightful.— Jeff Eisenberg (@JeffEisenberg) February 25, 2018
Off the West End
Luke List leads the Honda Classic by one stroke going into today’s final round at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. List is looking for his first PGA Tour victory.
Vanderbilt signee Aaron Nesmith’s Porter-Gaud team won the SCISA Class AAA state championship for the third year in a row on Saturday night. Darius Garland’s Brentwood Academy team beat Christian Brothers in the state quarterfinals.
I stand with Georgia head basketball coach Mark Fox.
Arizona head coach Sean Miller was not present on the sidelines for his team’s game at Oregon last night, letting assistant coach Lorenzo Romar coach the team instead. This came after reports surfaced Friday night that Miller was caught on an FBI wiretap offering $100,000 to Deandre Ayton, who currently plays for Arizona. Ayton played on Saturday night.
The U.S. men’s curling team won gold.
The SB Nation mothership makes excuses for rule-breaking in college sports. Look, I get that the NCAA’s notions of amateurism are outdated and a bit unfair, but two things: one, these are the rules that everybody has agreed to play by, and it makes no sense to make excuses for breaking the rules; and two, 99 percent of the reason that the rules are unfair is because the NBA and NFL have silly rules about who can and can’t play professionally at the highest level. Ever notice how nobody raises a big stink about college baseball players and college golfers not getting paid? Right — because there’s nothing stopping an 18-year-old baseball player or golfer from playing professionally.
Pitt dropped to 0-17 in the ACC with a 66-37 loss to Virginia, in which Pitt scored seven points and shot 1-of-22 from the floor in the first half. I legitimately have no idea why I find any of this humorous.
4-seed Emory & Henry will meet 2-seed Roanoke at 2:30 PM CT for the ODAC championship. The Division I Champ Week will kick off tomorrow with the A-Sun quarterfinals.