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FIU vs. Denver LIVE HOOPS BLOG

HOT SPRINGS, Arkansas -- Welcome to Summit Arena and the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.Dance

Will be LIVE BLOGGING later tonight about 9:43 p.m. A little update in this afternoon's play: The FIU ladies lost to North Texas. The Hooters men's team lost to South Alabama.

But the biggest loss today here in Hot Springs was Dazzler Vanessa being cheated out of a dance contest title.

The halftime show of the FIU women's game was a "So You Think You Can Dance?" contest which had Vanessa going against some guy from North Texas.

The judges -- wearing green shirts -- gave sympathy votes to the Mean Green guy. That's Vanessa on the right raising her arms after she finished her routine with the thought that she won. The crowd and myself also thought she won. (Thanks to Sun Belt photographer Tom Ewart for photo)

Be back later tonight for FIU's first round game against Denver with the winner playing against Middle Tennessee on Sunday night at 10 p.m.

The Panthers lost to the Pioneers 59-53 earlier this season in the Mile High City. FIU will look to even the season series and bounce Denver from the SBC tourney tonight.

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