Caris LeVert (AP Photo)

Michigan’s Caris LeVert back in action after surgery on foot

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In the past two seasons, Michigan has seen Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III all depart for the NBA Draft with eligibility remaining.

While that’s good for the public perception of the program, it’s not necessarily a good thing for the program itself. It’s really hard for a team to win when the stars of three recruiting classes are playing in the NBA, not in the Big Ten.

Enter Caris LeVert. A little-known recruit coming out of high school, LeVert was one of the best players on the Wolverines this past season, morphing into a guy who will find his name on preseason all-america teams and who will be the centerpiece for a Michigan team that is now expected to compete for Big Ten titles every year.

Back in May, LeVert underwent surgery on his ankle, and while he’s made his way back to the court in preparation for the team’s trip to Italy, LeVert is not yet at 100%.

“Caris started playing last week, but he’s not himself yet,” head coach John Beilein said in a Wednesday press conference. “As you can imagine, he was pretty much dormant for 16 weeks and so you’ll see some of those flashes today. It’s just a matter of him getting back in game shape.”

As a sophomore, LeVert averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 40.8% from three. There were times last season where he was Michigan’s best player, and while he’s not quite the playmaker that Stauskas and Burke were, he is a 6-foot-6 guard that can handle the ball in the pick-and-roll while taking games over.

He’ll share the back court with returnees Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin as well as Kameron Chatman, who headlines Beilein’s six-man recruiting class. That is an impressive group, but with holes along their front line, Michigan will be counting LeVert to be a star this season.

The season kicks off in three months, as Michigan hosts Bucknell on Nov. 17th.

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.