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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NCAA: Former USF assistant provided extra benefits, lied to NCAA investigators

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The NCAA has alleged that former South Florida assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided roughly $500 in impermissible benefits and initially lied to NCAA investigators about it, according to the Tampa Bay Times, who obtained the NCAA’s summary disposition report.

Oliver Antigua is the younger brother of Orlando Antigua, who was the head coach at USF until he was fired in January. Now an assistant on Brad Underwood’s staff at Oklahoma State, Orlando was not alleged to have committed an NCAA violation in the report.

Oliver is alleged to have provided the extra benefits to two student-athletes while they were being tutored by the sister-in-law of Gerald Gillion, a special assistant to Orlando who resigned last fall, four months after Oliver did. USF has already self-imposed a $5,000 and reduced their scholarships from 13 to 12, according to the report.

“The University of South Florida and the NCAA continue to work together to resolve the inquiry into violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards by a USF intercollegiate athletic program,” according to a statement released by the school. “USF anticipates having a final resolution with the NCAA sometime this fall. Until the process concludes and the matter is fully resolved, USF cannot provide further comment.”

Villanova lands four-star 2018 guard

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Villanova added its first recruit in the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night.

Jay Wright and his staff landed a verbal commitment from Paul VI Catholic High School’s Brandon Slater, a four-star guard by Rivals as the No. 42 overall prospect in the rising senior class.

The 6-foot-5 Slater announced his decision via Twitter.

Slater, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, picked the Wildcats over Maryland, Miami, South Carolina, and Virginia.

He is currently playing the Nike EYBL with Team Takeover, the same grassroots program that produced current Villanova guard Phil Booth.

Comic-Con forces Providence to play at Alumni Hall for home opener

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Providence will play its first game at Alumni Hall, the on-campus facility, for the first time in 35 years this fall.

The Friars unveiled their 2017-18 non-conference schedule on Thursday afternoon. The team’s home opener will play either Houston Baptist or Belmont in Mullaney Gym inside Alumni Hall.

According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, the reason for that is a schedule conflict at Providence’s home arena, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, in downtown Providence. A Comic-Con convention is scheduled Nov. 10-12. As McNamara notes, it’s a busy part of the season for The Dunk. The arena also is home to the Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins, and by mid-November, their season is in full swing.

The Friars haven’t played at Alumni Hall since 1972, the same year the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was opened. In the three decades since Providence last played a regular season game there, the facility has gone under necessary renovations, as you could imagine. Even with added seats, Mullaney Gym can host a maximum of 1,549. That’s a fraction of what The Dunk’s capacity of 12,400.

Providence will return to its downtown home on Nov. 13, hosting Minnesota as part of the Gavitt Games. The Golden Gophers will likely be a top-20 team to open the season. The Friars, who bring back every notable player from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, is a fringe top-25 team.

Jalen Coleman-Lands to transfer out of Illinois

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The already-thin Illinois roster got thinner on Thursday afternoon.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has requested and received his release from the program. He will have to sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Coleman-Lands was a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. He becomes the second player from that recruiting class this month to exit the school. Reserve guard D.J. Williams elected to transfer on May 8. With Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett, two incoming recruits, both previously reopened their recruitments following John Groce’s firing.

Even with the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork, who officially joined the Fighting Illini on Wednesday, Illinois is left with only nine scholarship players as of right now.

Coleman-Lands’ production dipped from his freshman campaign, ending the 2016-17 season averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, shooting 38 percent from three.

One destination that will likely be rumored will be nearby DePaul. Coleman-Lands played for new DePaul assistant coach Shane Heirman at prep school powerhouse La Lumiere School. Heriman quickly tapped into that prep pipeline, helping secure a commitment from La Lumiere from five-star 2019 point guard Tyger Campbell earlier this month.

Coleman-Lands had taken official visits to Notre Dame and UNLV before committing to the Illini in September 2014.

North Carolina releases response to latest NCAA Notice of Allegations

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North Carolina is still trying to convince the NCAA that their investigation into the paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department is not, in fact, an NCAA matter.

On Thursday afternoon, the University released their response to the NCAA’s third iteration of the Notice of Allegations, and the core argument in that response is that the school’s “inadequate academic oversight” does not fall under the jurisdiction of the NCAA’s bylaws. In other words, North Carolina is arguing that a rogue professor creating fake classes is not an NCAA issue. It’s a school issue.

What’s more, North Carolina is also arguing that athletes taking these classes should not be classified as an extra benefit because they were available to the entire student body.

“No special arrangements were made for student-athletes in violation of NCAA extra-benefit legislation,” the response reads. “Student-athletes were not treated differently than other students who took the Courses.”

“The public narrative for the last six years, popularized by media accounts, is that Department of Athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took advantage of ‘fake classes’ in the Department of African and African-American Studies to keep student-athletes eligible. That narrative is wrong and contradicted by the facts in the record.”

The NCAA’s allegations center around the idea that UNC’s athletes, most notably members of the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams, were guided to the fake classes within that department in order to keep their GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The classes in question had a disproportionate percentage of athletes.

A hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions is expected to take place at some point this summer.