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Anchor Drop, January 6, 2024: SEC Play Starts

Vanderbilt hosts Alabama today.

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Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

SEC play starts today for the men’s basketball team. The Commodores host Alabama to open things up; the Tide come in to Memorial Gym with an 8-5 record, but they’re ranked 6th in KenPom and beat Vanderbilt twice last season, 78-66 in Nashville and 101-44 in Tuscaloosa. Tipoff today is at 2:30 PM CT on the SEC Network. The Hustler has a preview of today’s game as well. Meanwhile, Andrew Wilf’s Memorial Minutes doesn’t pull any punches about the team’s start through nonconference play.

Soccer hired Casey Durkacz as its new associate head coach. Durkacz spent last season at Michigan State and was at Buffalo before that.

Bad Gambling Advice

Season to date: 87-72-4 ATS, 88-71-2 totals

  • Mississippi State at South Carolina (11:00 AM CT, CBS): South Carolina +3, Under 134.5
  • Kentucky at Florida (11:30 AM CT, ESPN): Kentucky +3.5, Over 168.5
  • Georgia at Missouri (12:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Georgia +5, Under 148.5
  • Auburn at Arkansas (1:00 PM CT, ESPN2): Auburn -2.5, Over 157.5
  • Alabama at Vanderbilt (2:30 PM CT, SEC Network): Alabama -14, Over 158
  • Ole Miss at Tennessee (5:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Ole Miss +11.5, Under 141
  • LSU at Texas A&M (7:30 PM CT, SEC Network): Texas A&M -11.5, Under 146

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 12:00 PM: NHL: Flames at Flyers (NHL Network)
  • 3:00 PM: PGA Tour: The Sentry, Third Round (NBC)
  • 3:30 PM: NFL: Steelers at Ravens (ESPN/ABC)
  • 5:00 PM: PGA Tour: The Sentry, Third Round (Golf Channel)
  • 6:00 PM: NHL: Rangers at Canadiens (NHL Network)
  • 7:15 PM: NFL: Texans at Colts (ESPN/ABC)

Scoreboard

NBA: Celtics 126, Jazz 97 ... Pacers 150, Hawks 116 ... Nets 124, Thunder 115 ... Cavaliers 114, Wizards 90 ... Knicks 128, 76ers 92 ... Bulls 104, Hornets 91 ... Timberwolves 122, Rockets 95 ... Clippers 111, Pelicans 95 ... Mavericks 139, Trail Blazers 103 ... Magic 122, Nuggets 120 ... Suns 113, Heat 97 ... Warriors 113, Pistons 109 ... Grizzlies 127, Lakers 113 ... Kings 135, Raptors 130.

NHL: Devils 4, Blackhawks 2 ... Hurricanes 6, Capitals 2 ... Jets 3, Ducks 1.