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Anchor Drop, February 21, 2019: Midweek Win?

Well, at least we didn’t lose the midweek game.

College World Series - Virginia v Vanderbilt - Game One Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images

Good morning.

Last year, the Vanderbilt baseball team had some inexplicable struggles in midweek games against inferior opponents. While Vanderbilt did beat Evansville 5-4 last night, the game did bring back some bad memories. The Commodores fell behind 2-0 early and had to rally back, then gave away a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning. Hugh Fisher got the win in relief and Jake Eder got a save; Jayson Gonzalez hit a homer.

Obviously, the weekend series (for reasons beyond my comprehension, ask Andrew VU ‘04 about this) are a much bigger deal than the midweek ones. But the latter still count in your record and your RPI, and last year they may well have been the difference in Vanderbilt hosting a regional. Let’s not do this again.

Women’s basketball hosts Alabama tonight at 7:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+. The women have lost six straight since picking up their lone SEC win of the season.

The swim team: still in 12th.

Will Gordon is the men’s SEC Golfer of the Week. Auston Kim (who is on the women’s golf team, for those unfamiliar) won her second straight SEC Freshman of the Week honor.

Also, I forgot to mention this in yesterday’s Anchor Drop, but we have a new graduate transfer cornerback: Illinois’ Cameron Watkins, who played high school ball locally at Pearl-Cohn. Yes he’s friends with Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

Tweet of the Day

Yep. Former Duke player Carlos Boozer attempted to send get well wishes to Zion Williamson, and instead sent them to Zion National Park.

Off the West End

Well, Nike lost Zion Williamson last night. Welcome to Big Baller Brand, Zion:

Everybody saw that on national TV. Guess who else did?

Meanwhile, probably not the smartest thing to say to someone who’s in the process of dropping 30 on you:

(God, I hope no Vanderbilt player said this to Grant Williams.)

Also, it’s been a bad year for the Georgia student section. First a baseball player yelled racial slurs at Justin Fields and now... this: