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Report: ACC finalizing moving tournament to Barclays Center

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One of the most interesting story lines stemming from the wave of conference realignment over the last three or four years has been the location of the ACC tournament.

It’s currently being held in Greensboro, N.C. In 2016, it will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. But the goal has always seemed to be to get the event to New York City.

Madison Square Garden is not an option, as the Big East re-upped their deal through 2026, but according to a report from Pete Thamel of SI.com, the ACC is likely headed to the Barclays Center in 2017, the first year the conference is not committed to a venue for their tournament.

The league wants a two-year deal from the arena, but there’s a major stumbling block: the Atlantic 10 currently holds their tournament at Barclays, and they are signed through 2017.

While the heart and soul of the ACC is in North Carolina, the addition of Syracuse, Pitt and Notre Dame to Boston College — and with Louisville joining the league next season — there’s a northern, and old Big East, presence in the league. Throw in the alumni base for Duke, North Carolina and Virginia in the New York-area and the dearth of media and television exposure that comes with the Big Apple, and there it’s pretty clear why there has always been interest from the conference in shuffling north.

ESPN’s Andy Katz followed up on Thamel’s report on Friday morning. According to Katz, the A-10 would not shorten its deal with Barclays, but the league would be open to negotiating with the ACC — or the Big Ten — to share the venue during Championship Week. For that to happen, the A-10 would need some kind of scheduling agreement between the two conferences.

Katz also noted that the Big Ten is considering an east coast rotation for their conference tournament, and that the A-10 was looking at Philly and D.C. for their tournament after 2018.

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.