Mop duty at any basketball game is a thankless job.
The task is simple enough: mop sweat off the court so players don't slip on it, a safety measure that's not meant to interfere with the game. This UB Bulls mop man, however, found himself on ESPN SportsCenter's Not Top 10 on Friday night due to a poorly timed mopping.
Thinking he was safe to clean below the Bulls' basket after Xavier Ford sank two free throws and Kent State brought the ball up the floor, the mop-man went about his duty as usual. Little did he know that Golden Flashes' guard Kris Brewer lazily handed the ball off to Derek Jackson, and the Bulls' Rodell Wigginton darted in for a steal and darted up-court on a fast break.
UB's tragic hero looked up just in time as Wigginton careened toward him, and his panicked expression and fleeing from the scene made this moment outrageous. Fortunately for Kent State, guard Derek Jackson crept up behind Wigginton -- who looked like he slowed up slightly because of the unexpected presence of the mop man (who had no interest in taking the charge) -- to poke the ball out of bounds.
The Vine below was originally posted by Hustle Belt's Brandon Hickey -- a six-second shot of the TV screen shortly after the bizarre miscue. Saturday morning, SportsCenter's Twitter account shared a higher-res version of the #SCNotTop10 play. Watch that here.