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Anchor Drop, March 12, 2020: Vanderbilt is Cancelled

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The university has asked students to be off campus by Sunday, with classes moved online for the rest of the semester.

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Good morning.

Well, this is getting legitimately scary.

To sum up: Vanderbilt has ordered all students to be off campus by March 15 (that’s this Sunday), and is moving to online classes for the rest of the semester. First off: it really sucks if you’re a Vanderbilt senior and your college experience had to end like this.

Second: while it might sound scary that Vanderbilt now expects this to be a thing through the end of the semester, I’d guess it’s much more that students whose families don’t live close by will have a tough time moving back in in a couple of weeks if they’re sent home now. As far as why the students need to get off campus, there is an extremely high risk that the coronavirus could spread quickly if students are living in close quarters in dorms.

Okay. On to actual sports news and... oh, wait, that’s just as grim.

For background on the NBA, Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 prior to last night’s game, and the NBA swiftly put the season on ice for the foreseeable future. As a practical matter, with several teams (the Jazz along with their last few opponents) likely needing to be isolated for the couple of weeks, there was just no way to keep going.

Meanwhile, this was a scary moment in Indianapolis at the Big Ten Tournament, though Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg ended up just having the plain old flu.

And, of course, the NCAA Tournament is going fan-free next week, and starting today basically every conference tournament (including the SEC Tournament) is fan-free. Last night’s Vanderbilt-Arkansas game might have been the last game this season that fans will attend. And all SEC sporting events (including Vanderbilt baseball) will be closed to fans until March 30. I assume they’ll still be televised.

Oh, right, Vanderbilt had a basketball game last night! And now the season is over. Earlier, baseball beat Toledo 11-2. Lacrosse lost 16-6 to Notre Dame.

Anyway. Stay safe, and have fun watching the remaining sports today.

Bad Gambling Advice

Alabama vs. Tennessee (12:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Tennessee +1, Under 147

Georgia vs. Florida (2:30 PM CT, SEC Network):

Missouri vs. Texas A&M (6:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Texas A&M +2.5, Under 124

Arkansas vs. South Carolina (8:30 PM CT, SEC Network):