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Anchor Drop, December 9, 2023: The first College Basketball Saturday of the year

And we don’t have to watch Vanderbilt!

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

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Vanderbilt basketball is off this weekend because of finals, but ... this is the first College Basketball Saturday of the year, with football largely over until we get to bowl season (which starts next week.)

(Ed. note: I mean, for The Casuals. Those actually in the know understand that this is semifinal weekend for Division II, Division III, and NAIA.)

I don’t really have a whole lot to say this morning. We’re continuing to watch the transfer portal for evidence that we really do have some big-spending NIL trust fund.

Bad Gambling Advice

Season to date: 64-45-2 ATS, 59-49-2 totals

  • Tulane vs. Mississippi State (10:30 AM CT, SEC Network): Tulane +8.5, Under 150.5
  • Kentucky vs. Penn (11:00 AM CT, ESPN2): Kentucky -14, Over 153.5
  • South Carolina at East Carolina (11:00 AM CT, ESPNU): South Carolina -5, Under 140
  • Illinois at Tennessee (11:00 AM CT, CBS): Illinois +7, Over 145
  • Kansas State at LSU (12:30 PM CT, SEC Network): Kansas State +2.5, Over 142.5
  • Alabama vs. Purdue (12:30 PM CT, FOX): Alabama +6, Over 160.5
  • Auburn vs. Indiana (1:00 PM CT, ESPN2): Indiana +7, Under 147
  • Arkansas vs. Oklahoma (3:00 PM CT, ESPN2); Arkansas +4, Over 146.5
  • Richmond vs. Florida (3:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Florida -10.5, Over 152
  • Missouri at Kansas (4:15 PM CT, ESPN): Kansas -14, Over 144

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 11:00 AM: College football: Villanova at South Dakota State (ESPN)
  • 12:00 PM: NHL: Coyotes at Bruins (NHL Network)
  • 1:30 PM: College football: North Dakota State at South Dakota (ABC)
  • 2:00 PM: College football: Army vs. Navy (CBS)
  • 6:00 PM: NHL: Predators at Maple Leafs (NHL Network)
  • 7:30 PM: NBA: Pacers vs. Lakers (ABC)
  • 9:00 PM: College football: UAlbany at Idaho (ESPN+)

Scoreboard

NBA: Hornets 119, Raptors 116 ... Magic 123, Pistons 91 ... 76ers 125, Hawks 114 ... Nets 124, Wizards 97 ... Celtics 133, Knicks 123 ... Cavaliers 111, Heat 99 ... Timberwolves 127, Grizzlies 103 ... Thunder 138, Warriors 136 ... Bulls 121, Spurs 112 ... Rockets 114, Nuggets 106 ... Kings 114, Suns 106 ... Clippers 117, Jazz 103 ... Mavericks 125, Trail Blazers 112.

NHL: Panthers 3, Penguins 1 ... Blue Jackets 5, Blues 2 ... Oilers 4, Wild 3.