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Anchor Drop, November 29, 2023: The ACC/SEC Challenge

Both Vanderbilt teams play ACC teams tonight.

Syndication: The Tennessean Mark Zaleski/ The Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

The ongoing ACC/SEC Challenge — which started last night on the men’s side and opens tonight on the women’s side — has both Vanderbilt teams playing tonight.

The women’s team unexpectedly has a rough matchup at 6:15 PM CT. Like Vanderbilt, NC State is 7-0 this season; unlike Vanderbilt, NC State has won six of its seven games by double digits and that includes wins over UConn (ranked 11th in this week’s AP Poll) and Colorado (ranked 7th.) The Wolfpack started the season unranked and are currently #5 in the country. So uh, ESPN might have misfired in scheduling this matchup. Tonight’s game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.

Then at 8:15, the men’s team hosts Boston College on the SEC Network. The Eagles are 4-2 and come in after two losses last week, to Colorado State (no shame there, as the Rams just moved into the Top 25) and Loyola-Chicago (some shame there, the Ramblers are ranked 125 in KenPom.) This is a very winnable game, but Vanderbilt is currently in some turmoil with Ezra Manjon and Colin Smith having missed Friday’s game against Arizona State and Lee Dort now suspended indefinitely after being arrested on Sunday.

Matthew Hayball is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, given annually to the nation’s best punter.

Bad Gambling Advice

Last night: 2-5 ATS, 5-2 totals; Season to date: 52-34-2 ATS, 47-38-2 totals

  • Florida at Wake Forest (6:15 PM CT, ESPNU): Wake Forest +3.5, Over 156.5
  • Texas A&M at Virginia (6:15 PM CT, ESPN2): Virginia -1.5, Under 127
  • Tennessee at North Carolina (6:15 PM CT, ESPN): Tennessee +2, Over 144
  • Boston College at Vanderbilt (8:15 PM CT, SEC Network): Boston College +3, Under 146
  • Georgia at Florida State (8:15 PM CT, ACC Network): Georgia +9.5, Over 151
  • Virginia Tech at Auburn (8:15 PM CT, ESPN2): Virginia Tech +10, Over 150.5
  • Duke at Arkansas (8:15 PM CT, ESPN): Arkansas +5.5, Under 149

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 6:30 PM: NHL: Red Wings at Rangers (TNT)
  • 9:00 PM: NBA: Clippers at Kings (NBA TV)

Scoreboard

SEC Men’s Basketball: South Carolina 65, Notre Dame 53 ... Georgia Tech 67, Mississippi State 59 ... Syracuse 80, LSU 57 ... Kentucky 95, Miami 73 ... Missouri 71, Pitt 64 ... Ole Miss 72, NC State 52 ... Clemson 85, Alabama 77.

NBA: Celtics 124, Bulls 97 ... Nets 115, Raptors 103 ... Cavaliers 128, Hawks 105 ... Bucks 131, Heat 124 ... Knicks 115, Hornets 91 ... Timberwolves 106, Thunder 103 ... Mavericks 121, Rockets 115 ... Kings 124, Warriors 123.

NHL: Maple Leafs 2, Panthers 1 ... Devils 5, Islanders 4 ... Hurricanes 4, Flyers 1 ... Predators 3, Penguins 2 ... Wild 3, Blues 1 ... Stars 2, Jets 0 ... Blackhawks 4, Kraken 3 ... Oilers 5, Golden Knights 4 ... Coyotes 3, Lightning 1 ... Canucks 3, Ducks 1.