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Anchor Drop, December 20, 2023: Afternoon basketball!

Hey, the functional basketball team on campus plays today!

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

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Vanderbilt women’s basketball is back in action today, hosting Dayton at 1:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+. After today, the Commodores play two more games after Christmas to close out 2023 and the nonconference schedule. Vanderbilt is 10-1 this season and I can remember very recent seasons when they didn’t win ten games all season. So, this is an impressive turnaround.

As for the other basketball team on campus, well... they dug themselves a big hole early and lost 63-62 to Western Carolina on a basket with 1.5 seconds left, following what might have been the worst defense I’ve ever seen on the deciding basket of a game. Vanderbilt’s now 4-7 on the season and hell, I can’t come up with a reason to keep Jerry Stackhouse at this point. (And if you think it’s ugly now, KenPom has Vanderbilt projected to finish the season 7-24. That’s Stephanie White-level shit.)

The football team picked up a commitment from Alabama State WR Kisean Johnson:

No bowl games tonight for some reason.

Bad Gambling Advice

Last night: 3-1 ATS, 4-0 totals; Season to date: 80-60-4 ATS, 77-63-2 totals

  • Mount St. Mary’s at Georgia (6:00 PM CT, SEC Network+): Georgia -12.5, Under 140
  • Alabama vs. Arizona (10:00 PM CT, ESPN): Alabama +7.5, Over 173

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 6:00 PM: NBA: Timberwolves at 76ers (NBA TV)
  • 6:30 PM: NHL: Islanders at Capitals (TNT)
  • 9:00 PM: NBA: Celtics at Kings (NBA TV)
  • 9:00 PM: NHL: Kraken at Kings (TNT)

Scoreboard

SEC Men’s Basketball: South Carolina 72, Winthrop 62 ... Ole Miss 74, Troy 53 ... Florida 106, Michigan 101.

SEC Women’s Basketball: Tennessee 85, Wofford 63 ... South Carolina 93, Bowling Green 62.

NBA: Grizzlies 115, Pelicans 113 ... Bucks 132, Spurs 119 ... Warriors 132, Celtics 126 ... Trail Blazers 109, Suns 104.

NHL: Wild 4, Bruins 3 ... Blue Jackets 9, Sabres 4 ... Rangers 5, Maple Leafs 2 ... Lightning 6, Blues 1 ... Flyers 3, Devils 2 ... Hurricanes 6, Golden Knights 3 ... Islanders 3, Oilers 1 ... Canucks 5, Predators 2 ... Blackhawks 3, Avalanche 2 ... Coyotes 4, Senators 3 ... Kings 4, Sharks 1.