Good morning, and Happy Veterans Day, but especially to those of you who have served in the Armed Forces.
Vanderbilt basketball — still undefeated in the 2019-20 season! — hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi tonight at 7:00 PM CT on the SEC Network. The Islanders are ranked 312th in KenPom, or ten spots lower than Southeast Missouri State, which Vanderbilt beat by 18 points on Wednesday.
Vanderbilt baseball lost to Michigan 3-2 yesterday in the David Williams Fall Classic at Hawkins Field. Remember, it’s just an exhibition.
Off the West End
Arkansas fired Chad Morris on Sunday, in his second year with a 4-18 overall record and an 0-14 record in SEC games, and just a day after Arkansas got blasted by Western Kentucky, which was quarterbacked by Ty Storey — who had played at Arkansas before Chad Morris, apparently, told him he might want to go play somewhere else.
Arkansas Fight has some thoughts on why Morris failed, and I’m linking to it because there are at least a few similarities in there to Vanderbilt’s current coach (I’ll have my thoughts on that if and when he’s fired), but especially Mason’s first year. The difference, from best I can tell, is that Mason at least started to figure a few things out in his second year at Vanderbilt, and Morris seems to still be doing a lot of the same things that he did in his first year.
Personally, I was one who never understood the hype behind Chad Morris: he did well as Clemson’s offensive coordinator, but his SMU tenure was nothing to write home about, and certainly not one that would normally lead to a promotion to an SEC head coaching job.
Bad Gambling Advice
Yesterday: 1-1 ATS, 2-0 totals; season to date: 14-6 ATS, 14-6 totals
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Vanderbilt (7:00 PM, SEC Network): Vanderbilt -14.5, Over 134
Florida Atlantic at Alabama (7:00 PM, SEC Network+): Florida Atlantic +12, Over 148.5
UL Monroe at Texas A&M (7:00 PM, SEC Network+): Texas A&M -15.5, Under 140.5