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Anchor Drop, December 23, 2023: A game on CBS

Of all the games to put on national television, this is certainly one of them.

NCAA Basketball: Vegas Showdown Third Place Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Well, Vanderbilt basketball somehow has a game on CBS today. That’s right: at 3 PM CT, the Commodores go to the FedExForum where they’ll take on Memphis State in the second to last game of 2023. Vanderbilt is 4-7 this season. That’s certainly the kind of team I want to see in a nationally-televised game, and uh, KenPom thinks Memphis will win this by 20.

The football team officially announced Tim Beck as the new offensive coordinator, and also announced Robert Stiner — most recently of Georgia Southern — as the new strength coach.

I’m going to be on the road today, so have fun watching the bowl games. And possibly the basketball game. (But probably not.)

Bad Gambling Advice

Season to date: 80-62-4 ATS, 77-65-2 totals

  • Mississippi State vs. Rutgers (11:00 AM CT, BTN): Rutgers +3, Under 132
  • Ole Miss vs. Southern Miss (1:00 PM CT, no TV): Southern Miss +10.5, Over 139
  • Eastern Kentucky at Alabama (3:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Alabama -24, Over 166
  • Vanderbilt at Memphis (3:00 PM CT, CBS): Memphis -16.5, Under 150.5

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 11:00 AM: Birmingham Bowl: Troy vs. Duke (ABC)
  • 11:00 AM: Camellia Bowl: Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois (ESPN)
  • 11:30 AM: NBA: Bucks at Knicks (NBA TV)
  • 1:00 PM: NHL: Stars at Predators (NHL Network)
  • 2:30 PM: Armed Forces Bowl: James Madison vs. Air Force (ABC)
  • 2:30 PM: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Georgia State vs. Utah State (ESPN)
  • 3:30 PM: NFL: Bengals at Steelers (NBC)
  • 6:00 PM: NHL: Penguins at Senators (NHL Network)
  • 6:00 PM: 68 Ventures Bowl: South Alabama vs. Eastern Michigan (ESPN)
  • 6:30 PM: Las Vegas Bowl: Utah vs. Northwestern (ABC)
  • 7:00 PM: NFL: Bills at Chargers (Peacock)
  • 9:30 PM: Hawaii Bowl: Coastal Carolina vs. San Jose State (ESPN)