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Anchor Drop, April 19, 2018: Missouruh Edition

Women’s golf finishes the first day in third place, and women’s lacrosse gets their het wet.

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We’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before we recognize Missouruh.

Good morning.

The Vanderbilt baseball team opens a three-game series at Missouri tonight at 7 PM CT. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU and the WatchESPN app. Fun tidbit: since Missouri joined the SEC, Vanderbilt is 16-1 against them. Still, we will be deep in the cold, cold ground before we recognize Missouri.

Women’s golf shot an 8-over-par 296 on the first day at the SEC Tournament, putting them in third place and ten shots back of leader Alabama. Freshman Louise Yu is one shot off the individual lead after going 2-under on the first day. The Commodores will resume play at 8:50 AM CT today.

Women’s lacrosse got their hets wet, losing 10-5 at Temple to drop to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in the Big East.

Off the West End

Longtime Titans/Houston Oilers announcer Joe McConnell, who was the team’s radio play-by-play commentator when they played at Vanderbilt Stadium in 1998, died at 79.

The Predators beat Colorado 3-2, going up 3-1 in the first-round series. However, somebody will not answer a damn question.

Carson Fulmer faced 10 batters and gave up four runs. That sounds bad. Is that bad?

On the other hand, the Atlanta Braves’ entirely Vandy Boys left side of the infield both homered in a 7-3 win over the Phillies.

Last night’s winners in the NBA Playoffs: the Cavs (tied with the Pacers 1-1), the Jazz (tied 1-1 with the Thunder), and the Rockets (up 2-0 on the Timberwolves.

That guy who took $175,000 to play at Louisville is declaring for the NBA Draft because of course he is. Aside: there is no amount of money you could give me to attend Louisville.

Oh look, somebody else with a national column arguing that the NCAA should end amateurism.

The NBA G-League is raising players’ salaries across the board, and Rob Dauster has some thoughts. While this will get spun as a threat to the NCAA (particularly after five-star recruit Darius Bazley decided to play in the G-League instead of spending a year in college), I think this is as much about getting the Jeff Robersons of the world to play in the G-League rather than going overseas.