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Monday’s slate and what to watch

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Admit it. You probably watched college football games most of Monday. No worries. I got the Rose Bowl on in the background right now.

But if you can tear yourself away from the bowls, there is a handful of games you should pay attention to tonight. Normally I’d say “watch” but three of ‘em aren’t on TV. So hunt down a stream or two.

(All times ET; TV info from HDSportsGuide.com)

Virginia at LSU, 7 p.m. (SEC CSS; CSN California; Bright House Sports)
Tony Bennett’s team has won 10 straight games  and closes its non-conference schedule with a trip to Baton Rouge. Mike Scott & Co. should be a factor in the ACC race and make it back to the Big Dance this season … but the Cavs are coming off a seven-point win against Towson, a team that has lost 32 straight games. Perfect chance for the Tigers to pull off a W.

Northeastern at Towson, 7 p.m.
Speaking of Towson! A home game against Northeastern is a great opportunity to break that losing streak. Two more losses would tie Sacramento State’s D-I record. (NJIT lost 51 straight, but was making the move to D-I, so it’s not on the books.)

VCU at Hofstra, 7 p.m. (FiOS1 Long Island)
The Rams (10-3) are coming off an OT win at Akron, the best win yet for Shaka Smart’s squad. Hitting the road to resume CAA play should make things interesting, though the real tests come after this when Georgia State and Drexel come around.

Drexel at Georgia State, 7 p.m.
Well lookee here. The Dragons were perhaps the CAA team to beat before the season began, but the Panthers are 9-3 and haven’t lost since Nov. 14. Do yourself a favor and read this to find out how this has happened.

Texas A&M at Baylor, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Big Monday is here and it features an unbeaten team in Baylor playing host to one of its biggest challengers in the Big 12. The Bears (13-0) have more NBA talent than anyone else in the conference, but don’t always play like it. Close wins against BYU, West Virginia and Miss State are an indication that Baylor will have issues against the Big 12’s best teams. Just not sure the Aggies are one of those teams.

Robert Morris at Ohio, 7 p.m.
Check it out. The Bobcats (12-1) didn’t lose in December and they get the NEC’s best team before MAC play begins. Go track down a stream for this one.

EAST
Rhode Island at Boston College, 1 p.m.
American U. at Brown, 1 p.m.
Hartford at Albany (NY), 7 p.m.
Maine at Binghamton, 7 p.m.
Fairleigh Dickinson at Columbia, 7 p.m.
VCU at Hofstra, 7 p.m.
Rider at Manhattan, 7 p.m.
St. Peter’s at Marist, 7 p.m.
Lafayette at NJIT, 7 p.m.
UMBC at New Hampshire, 7 p.m.
Vermont at Stony Brook, 7 p.m.
Northeastern at Towson, 7 p.m.
Niagara at Loyola (Md.), 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH
William & Mary at George Mason, Noon
Old Dominion at James Madison, 3 p.m.
Drexel at Georgia St., 7 p.m.
Charleston Southern at High Point, 7 p.m.
Stetson at Kennesaw St., 7 p.m.
Virginia at LSU, 7 p.m.
Presbyterian at Liberty, 7 p.m.
UNC Asheville at Radford, 7 p.m.
Chattanooga at Tennessee, 7 p.m.
Delaware at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at VMI, 7 p.m.
Wofford at Wake Forest, 7 p.m.
Virginia-Wise at The Citadel, 7:05 p.m.
Lipscomb at Jacksonville, 7:15 p.m.
Brewton-Parker at Georgia Southern, 7:30 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast at Mercer, 7:30 p.m.
Coastal Carolina at Campbell, 7:45 p.m.
Belmont at North Florida, 7:45 p.m.
Bethune-Cookman at Auburn, 8 p.m.
Miami (Ohio) at Vanderbilt, 8 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Miami, 9 p.m.

MIDWEST
Shawnee St. at Kent St., 7 p.m.
Robert Morris at Ohio, 7 p.m.
Jacksonville St. at SE Missouri, 8:30 p.m.

SOUTHWEST
Texas A&M at Baylor, 7 p.m.
Jarvis Christian at Sam Houston St., 8 p.m.

FAR WEST
Idaho St. at N. Colorado, 9:05 p.m.
New Mexico St. at CS Bakersfield, 10 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara at Cal Poly, 10 p.m.
Boise St. at Fresno St., 10 p.m.
Long Beach St. at UC Irvine, 10 p.m.
CS Northridge at UC Riverside, 10 p.m.
Pacific at Cal St.-Fullerton, 10:05 p.m.

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VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.

 

It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.