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Anchor Drop, November 30, 2023: Both basketball teams lose

Still feel positive about the women’s team. The men’s team — not so much.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Last night, both Vanderbilt basketball teams lost in the first edition of the ACC/SEC Challenge — but the vibes around the two programs are extremely different.

The women’s team lost 70-62 to NC State. This, frankly, is acceptable: NC State is a Top 5 team. The game did get away from them in the second half, but the Commodores outscored NC State 26-16 in the fourth quarter to cut the final margin to single digits. Jordyn Cambridge led Vanderbilt with 15 points.

The men’s team, on the other hand, got blown out by Boston College 80-62. I gave my thoughts on this last night. The short version: it’s bad, and Stackhouse needs to go. Vanderbilt is now 3-4 on the season, which actually matches their record through four games last season, but... I don’t really see a turnaround coming here.

In other news, heads rolled on the football coaching staff, and a couple more players hit the transfer portal:

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 6:30 PM: NBA: Pacers at Heat (NBA TV)
  • 7:15 PM: NFL: Seahawks at Cowboys (Prime Video)
  • 9:00 PM: NBA: Clippers at Warriors (NBA TV)

Scoreboard

SEC Men’s Basketball: Wake Forest 82, Florida 71 ... Virginia 59, Texas A&M 47 ... North Carolina 100, Tennessee 92 ... Georgia 68, Florida State 66 ... Auburn 74, Virginia Tech 57 ... Arkansas 80, Duke 75.

SEC Women’s Basketball: Notre Dame 74, Tennessee 69 ... Florida 68, Georgia Tech 58 ... Miami 74, Mississippi State 68 ... Louisville 64, Ole Miss 58.

NBA: Lakers 133, Pistons 107 ... Magic 139, Wizards 120 ... Raptors 112, Suns 105 ... Grizzlies 105, Jazz 91 ... Pelicans 124, 76ers 114 ... Nuggets 134, Rockets 124 ... Clippers 131, Kings 117.

NHL: Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 2 ... Rangers 3, Red Wings 2 ... Capitals 2, Kings 1.