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Anchor Drop, December 3, 2020: SMU Game Off

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The pause on basketball activities... continues.

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The pause on basketball activities... continues:

It seemed like a fait accompli that Vanderbilt would not play SMU on the 8th when the Commodores announced a pause on basketball activities and their withdrawal from the Legends Classic this week; a 14-day window for contact tracing would obviously preclude playing a game on the 8th. What we didn’t know was whether Vanderbilt would attempt to reschedule the SMU game for later in December or January (Vanderbilt does not currently have a game scheduled for January 2, a Saturday) or simply push it back to next season. No official word from VU yet on this, though I have to think it’s correct.

The question now is whether Vanderbilt will try to pick up another game at some point. Aside from that January 2 date, or perhaps the weekend after Christmas before the start of SEC play (December 26-27), there just isn’t much room for another nonconference game on the schedule.

Adam Sparks asks whether Sarah Fuller will play again at Georgia (Ryley Guay has been working out with the team this week), and whether Vanderbilt will have enough scholarship players to play (though as he points out, Vanderbilt could choose to be like Mississippi State and play anyway with under 53.) I have to say, I am enjoying all of this focus on the kicker position. Now if we can only have a punter controversy in fall camp.

Gentry Estes says Vanderbilt must provide more support to the next coach, which, duh.

Will Healy (coaching search profile coming today) denied talking to Vanderbilt, but said nothing about his agent.

Yesterday’s Basketball

Florida 76, Army 69 ... Georgia 84, North Georgia 62 ... Texas A&M 73, Tarleton 66 ... Alabama 88, Providence 71 ... Missouri 83, Oregon 75 ... Arkansas 72, UT-Arlington 60.

SEC Basketball Schedule

Bad Gambling Advice: Yesterday: 2-2 ATS, 0-4 totals; Season to date: 14-12-1 ATS, 12-15 totals

Florida vs. Boston College (8:30 PM CT, ESPN): Boston College +5.5, Under 139