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Anchor Drop, May 17, 2018: Sweet 16 Edition

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Vanderbilt women’s tennis plays in the Sweet 16 today, and baseball welcomes Kentucky to the Hawk.

Posted entirely to annoy VTPhD.

Good morning.

Vanderbilt women’s tennis is in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for the start of the NCAA Championship. The top-seeded Commodores will play 16-seed Miami today at 3:00 PM CT. If you want a stream, go here (Vanderbilt will be playing its match on the Leighton Family Courts.)

Men’s golf shot 11-under par on the final day of the Kissimmee Regional on Wednesday, which was good enough to secure third place and advancement to the NCAA Championship, which begins on May 25 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Baseball opens the final series of the regular season at 6:30 PM CT tonight with Kentucky coming to Hawkins Field. Both Vanderbilt and Kentucky are 13-14 in SEC play and assured of a spot in the SEC Tournament, but the Commodores could probably use a win or two this week to feel good about their NCAA Tournament chances. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network+.

Off the West End

Our condolences to the family of former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, who died Wednesday at age 77.

Tony Kemp went 1-for-3 in his season debut for the Houston Astros.

The Rockets beat the Warriors pretty easily to even the Western Conference Finals at 1.

A 25-year-old man enrolled at a high school in Dallas and played on the basketball team. He was found out only because a former coach spotted him.

And finally, I swear this isn’t sour grapes, but Rick Pitino had some interesting things to say about Romeo Langford’s recruitment:

“The way they phrased it, it was [whichever shoe company] was going to pay the dad’s AAU program the most money, gets it,” Pitino said in a recent phone interview. A few days later, Adidas’s league added a new team: Twenty Two Vision, featuring Romeo Langford on the court and Tim Langford as team director. Shoe company sponsorships can reach $100,000 to $150,000, and team directors who limit expenses can pay themselves salaries from those amounts.

“That’s the way that world works,” Pitino said. “Which is completely legal, by the way.”

In hindsight, that’s one recruiting battle we may end up being glad we lost.