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Big Ten Whiteboard: Let's get ready for Big Ten play!

Austin Hollins

Austin Hollins Catches No-Look Pass and Dunks

The calendar is about to flip from 2013 to 2014. And the hoops season is about to flip from non-conference play to Big Ten action. For the most part, that means good-bye to games vs. East Timbuktu State. Thank, goodness. And the first week of full-bore league action features some interesting and intriguing matchups. Here’s what to look for in my first edition of Whiteboard.

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Here are 14 hoops thoughts as we enter 2014

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Woodbury Behind-the-Back Pass to White for the Dunk

The conference hoops season tips off New Year’s Eve. I hope you’re excited, too! Before the games really start to count, here are 14 (random) thoughts I have entering 2014. For the record, no, these thoughts are in no particular order.

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Watch our top 10 nonconference dunks

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Traevon Jackson Dunk

With the conference hoops season set to tip, it’s time to consider BTN.com’s top 10 dunks from the nonconference season. See our complete list in this post. Did we miss one? Feel free to leave your favorite dunk in the comment box at the bottom of the post.

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Video: Sam Dekker soars for transition alley-oop

Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker 1-Handed Alley-oop Dunk

Sam Dekker is no stranger to making highlight-reel plays, and he added another jaw-dropper in Wisconsin’s 80-43 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday afternoon. This time, Dekker soared for a crowd-pleasing one-handed transition alley-oop. Plain and simple, Dekker got up. And his Wisconsin teammates loved the play. Watch the alley-oop and reaction to it in this post.

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BTN.com's top 10 most-watched videos of 2013

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Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

Quick! What was your favorite 2013 BTN video? Whatever it was, chances are, it appears on our 2013 top 10 most-watched videos. This list is as objective as any end-of-the-year countdown out there. From 1 to 10, this list represents our videos that Big Ten fans viewed the most. See the complete countdown in this post.

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Branden Dawson wows on two must-see dunks

Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson Out the Gate with a Dunk

Michigan State junior Branden Dawson is a high-flyer. We’ve known it for a few seasons, but a knee injury late in his freshman campaign has limited his opportunities to show off his athleticism. In Tuesday night’s win over North Florida, Dawson was at his best. And it all started right out of the gate, too. Like, on the opening tip. Watch Dawson’s two ridiculous dunks in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Fun with shot data

NCAA Basketball: Penn State at Duquesne

Tim Frazier Joins #BTNLive

You can tell a lot about an offense based on its shot selection. Does it force the ball inside? Does it take a lot of threes? The most efficient offenses will thrive on layups, dunks, and open threes.

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Sam Thompson dunks another in-bound alley-oop

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Sam Thompson In-Bounds Slam

Here’s a random, but accurate, statement: Sam Thompson is the Big Ten’s elite weapon on inbound passes under his own basket. The Ohio State junior boasts a thick scrapbook of flying in for jaw-dropping alley-oops on said plays. Somehow, opponents haven’t accounted for it. Watch Thompson’s latest inbound alley-oop in this post.

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Video: Sam Thompson soars for 4 alley-oops

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Sam Thompson Dunk Montage vs. Maryland

Sam Thompson wasn’t shy about showing off his leaping ability Wednesday night in Ohio State’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game vs. Maryland. The junior forward, in true Sam Thompson form, soared for four impressive alley-oops. Yes, in one game. Watch all four of Thompson’s highlight-reel dunks in this post.

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Bardo: My top 5 Big Ten dunkers are ...

Troy Williams

Best of Sam Thompson Dunk Montage

Victor Oladipo and Rodney Williams have moved on, but don’t think for a second that the Big Ten is lacking on highlight-reel dunkers. Sam Thompson is back, after all, as is Glenn Robinson III. Also, there’s plenty of new blood delighting Big Ten fans high above the rim. See Stephen Bardo’s top 5 dunkers in this post.

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Watch our favorite dunks from week that was

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Troy Williams and Luke Fischer Back-to-back Dunks

The past week on the hardwood gave us several highlight-reel dunks. There was the usual suspect, Ohio State’s high-flyer Sam Thompson, but several newcomers showed off their ups, too. Guys like Indiana’s Troy Williams and Purdue’s Basil Smotherman. Enjoy our favorite dunks from the week that was in this post.

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Big Ten Geeks: Standing Tall

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Tom Izzo Talks About MSU-Nebraska Football Game

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The Big Ten suffered its first losses over the past couple nights, and we learned just a little bit more about the shape of this conference. Let’s dive in. In a formula that might become common this season, Illinois struggled to score over Valparaiso’s length but did enough on defense to secure the victory. After facing two decidedly smaller teams to open the season, Illinois had trouble converting over Valpo’s big and experienced frontline. In fact, the Illini’s 35.6 effective field goal percentage is the lowest mark of the John Groce era, and last season’s team wasn’t exactly a collection of sharpshooters.

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View: Watch Big Ten tournament dunks

Keith Appling

Dunks of the Week: Big Ten Tournament Edition

Michigan State’s Keith Appling brought down the United Center with his one-handed posterizing dunk over Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe in the Big Ten tournament. As impressive as the dunk was, it wasn’t the only one that delighted during the four-day event. Watch the Big Ten tourney dunks in this video.

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Big Ten Dunk Bracket: Thompson slam wins title

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Slam Thompson's Insane Dunk Off The Inbound

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The votes are in, and BTN.com fans have picked Sam Thompson’s inbound alley-oop vs. Michigan State as the 2012-13 Dunk of the Year. The bracket opened with one dunk from every Big Ten team, which fans decided via polls, and it was seeded in accordance with the Big Ten tourney. Thompson’s athletic jam topped D.J. Newbill’s drive and flush at Wisconsin in a contested finals matchup.

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Big Ten Dunk Bracket: Vote for 2012-13 champ

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Slam Thompson's Insane Dunk Off The Inbound

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The votes are in, and BTN.com’s 2012-13 Dunk of the Year bracket has reached the finals. The bracket opened with one dunk from every Big Ten team, which fans decided via polls, and it was seeded in accordance with the Big Ten tourney. Now, it’s time decide who had the regular season’s best dunk. Vote for the final winner in this post.

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Video: Keith Appling posterizes Melsahn Basabe

Keith Appling

Keith Appling Hammers In A Dunk

Michigan State’s Keith Appling must be sick of hearing about how great teammates Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne are at dunking, because the point guard threw down his second ridiculous jam in as many games Friday night. Last week, it was this powerful beauty. Appling’s latest dunk may have been even better, as he drove the lane, again, and, this time, posertized Iowa’s Melsahn Basbabe. Watch the dunk here and see Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Did You See This? Oladipo goes for late 360 slam

Victor Oladipo

Oladipo Breaks Away for the 360 Throwdown

Victor Oladipo was having a pedestrian day, all things considered, before he loudly announced his presence with a fastbreak 360 slam in the waning moments of Indiana’s win over Illinois in the Big Ten tourney quarterfinals Friday afternoon. Despite finishing the game with a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds), the junior star struggled early and wasn’t much of a factor until the second half. And then, came the dunk. Watch it here and see some of the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Video: Sam Thompson returns home, puts on dunk show

Sam Thompson

Slam Thompson's Alley-Oop On Nebraska

You didn’t think Sam Thompson would return home to Chicago and not put on a show in the Big Ten tourney at the United Center, did you? That’s just silly. The Ohio State sophomore gave fans what they expected with a quartet of dunks, a soaring alley-oop being the best of all. Thompson got so high on the alley-oop, he almost goal-tended the pass that looked more like a shot. Watch the alley-oop now and find Thompson’s other dunks in this post.

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