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.

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.

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.

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

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

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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PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Kris Dunn vs. Denzel Valentine; Two 6-0 teams from Ohio battle in Orlando

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Michigan State vs. Providence, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two Player of the Year candidates lock horns on Sunday night as Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine battles Providence’s Kris Dunn. Both players are strong threats to record a triple-double each time they take the floor and both are key reasons why their teams are 6-0. The Friars could probably use this game a bit more than Michigan State since they enter this game unranked and could use another confidence-boosting win for a team filled with newer players. As for the Spartans, winning the Wooden Legacy would mean another great accomplishment before December even started for a team that has national title aspirations.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 23 Xavier vs. Dayton, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

These two 6-0 teams from Ohio will meet in Orlando in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Musketeers have six different players averaging at least 9.7 points per game this season as they’ve received great balance on the offensive end. As for Dayton, Charles Cooke as emerged as a go-to player early this season while guard Scoochie Smith has also been outstanding. This will be the first time these two schools have played since Feb. 16, 2013.


  • One of the fun teams to watch this week has been Monmouth and their amusing end-of-bench antics. On the floor, the Hawks knocked off Notre Dame and gave Dayton a scare and they’ll face USC for the second time this season to close out the AdvoCare Invitational. The Trojans won the first one 101-90, but this is a 12:30 p.m. EST tip, so that could benefit Monmouth the second time around.
  • Wisconsin visiting No. 7 Oklahoma is an intriguing Sunday matchup. The Badgers could certainly use a true road win here as they’re off to a 4-2 start. The Sooners get more of a real test after only playing Memphis as a notable opponent their first three games.
  • Also going on in the AdvoCare Invitational is No. 20 Wichita State facing Iowa and No. 17 Notre Dame battling Alabama. The Shockers are going without senior starters Fred Van Vleet and Anton Grady as they try to escape Orlando with a win. Notre Dame is hoping to close out the event strong after its surprising upset to Monmouth.
  • Action also continues in Anaheim at the Wooden Legacy as No. 11 Arizona will take on Boise State, while Boston College plays Santa Clara and UC Irvine faces Evansville. Arizona will look to get back on the right track after the close loss to Providence in the semifinals.
  • No. 6 Duke gets an afternoon tilt with Utah State at home before they face Indiana during the week. It’ll be interesting to see if Blue Devil freshman wing Brandon Ingram keeps his strong play going from earlier in the week.
  • UCLA returns home and could badly use a win against Cal State Northridge. The Bruins went a disappointing 1-2 in the Maui Invitational and need to get back on the right track before the face No. 1 Kentucky next week.


  • Brown vs. No. 25 SMU, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)


  • Jackson State at Marquette, 12:30 p.m.
  • Rider at Rhode Island, 1:00 p.m.
  • Savannah State at South Florida, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • South Carolina State at Kansas State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Northern Colorado at Colorado, 2:00 p.m. (PAC12)
  • UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. (PAC12)

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

Video credit: Wyoming Athletics