It’s pretty slow for news what with finals getting underway. About the only thing of substance pertaining to Vanderbilt is that Aaron Nesmith was named to the Oscar Robertson Award watch list on Friday. These watch lists don’t really mean a ton — I mean, there are 46 players on it, so basically anybody who could maybe possibly win the award is probably on the list — but it’s nice to see the recognition.
Meanwhile, coaching search news in three parts. One of these is not like the others.
Sources: #Memphis coach Mike Norvell is the leading candidate to become the next coach at Florida State. An official announcement could come Sunday. Memphis hosts Cincinnati in the AAC title game Saturday.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 7, 2019
Story from @Mark_Schlabach and me: https://t.co/yzSZxIrV09
It's not officially signed, but it's done. Lane Kiffin is Ole Miss' next head football coach. He'll arrive in Oxford Sunday. I expect the Ole Miss band to meet him there. He'll be announced officially on Monday, likely at the Pavilion at Ole Miss. @RivalsChase.— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) December 7, 2019
The situation at Arkansas isn’t settled — but after a fruitless search, signs are pointing toward promoting Barry Lunney Jr., an alum/former star QB who has been the interim coach since Chad Morris’ firing.— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 7, 2019
And with that... championship Saturday! Here’s your viewing guide and open thread.
FBS Conference Championship games
Big 12 Championship Game: Baylor vs. Oklahoma, 11:00 AM CT, ABC
Sun Belt Championship Game: Appalachian State vs. UL Lafayette, 11:00 AM CT, ESPN
MAC Championship Game: Central Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio), 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2
Conference USA Championship Game: Florida Atlantic vs. UAB, 12:30 PM CT, CBS Sports Network
AAC Championship Game: Cincinnati vs. Memphis, 2:30 PM CT, ABC
SEC Championship Game: Georgia vs. LSU, 3:00 PM CT, CBS
Mountain West Championship Game: Boise State vs. Hawaii, 3:00 PM CT, ESPN
SWAC Championship Game: Alcorn vs. Southern, 3:00 PM CT, ESPNU
ACC Championship Game: Clemson vs. Virginia, 6:30 PM CT, ABC
Big Ten Championship Game: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, 7:00 PM CT, FOX
Monmouth at James Madison, 12:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Northern Iowa at South Dakota State, 1:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Albany at Montana State, 2:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Illinois State at Central Arkansas, 2:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Kennesaw State at Weber State, 2:00 PM CT, ESPN3
SE Louisiana at Montana, 2:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Nicholls at North Dakota State, 2:30 PM CT, ESPN3
Austin Peay at Sacramento State, 8:00 PM CT, ESPN3
Division II Playoffs
Notre Dame at Slippery Rock, 11:00 AM CT, video
Northwest Missouri State at Ferris State, 12:00 PM CT, video
Texas A&M-Commerce at Minnesota State, 12:00 PM CT, video
West Florida at Lenoir-Rhyne, 12:00 PM CT, video
Division III Playoffs
Muhlenberg at Salisbury, 11:00 AM CT, video
Delaware Valley at North Central, 12:00 PM CT, video
St. John’s at Wheaton, 12:00 PM CT, video
Wisconsin-Whitewater at Mary-Hardin-Baylor, 12:00 PM CT, video
Grand View at Morningside, 12:00 PM CT, video
Lindsey Wilson at Marian, 12:05 PM CT, video
Bad Gambling Advice (Football Edition)
Georgia vs. LSU: LSU -7, Under 55.5
Bad Gambling Advice (Basketball Edition)
Florida at Butler (11:00 AM CT, FOX): Butler -4, Under 120.5
CS Bakersfield at Ole Miss (1:00 PM CT, SEC Network+): CS Bakersfield +16.5, Under 131.5
FDU at Kentucky (3:00 PM CT, SEC Network): FDU +24.5, Under 137.5
Missouri at Temple (6:30 PM CT, ESPNU): Temple -3, Under 126.5
Arkansas at Western Kentucky (6:30 PM CT, CBS Sports Network): Arkansas -1.5, Under 137
SEC Basketball: Alabama 78, Stephen F. Austin 68.
NBA: Magic 93, Cavaliers 87 ... Pistons 108, Pacers 101 ... Nets 111, Hornets 104 ... Heat 112, Wizards 103 ... Warriors 100, Bulls 98 ... Thunder 139, Timberwolves 127 ... Celtics 108, Nuggets 95 ... Bucks 119, Clippers 91 ... Spurs 105, Kings 104 ... Lakers 136, Trail Blazers 113.
NHL: Blackhawks 2, Devils 1 ... Canadiens 2, Rangers 1 ... Penguins 2, Coyotes 0 ... Oilers 2, Kings 1 ... Capitals 3, Ducks 2.