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Video: Sam Thompson wows once ... twice ... thrice in comeback

Sam Thompson

Minnesota at Ohio State - Top Plays

It was all Sam Thompson and No. 24 Ohio State in the second half of Saturday night’s win over Minnesota. Down 10 at halftime, the Buckeyes erupted for 46 points in the second half to run away with a 64-46 home win. How good was Thompson? He scored 16 of his 19 points, including six that came on highlight-reel dunks. Watch all three flushes in this post.

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We have liftoff! Austin Hollins soars for another dunk

Austin Hollins

Throw Down by Austin Hollins vs. Illinois

Any time Minnesota plays, there’s a pretty good chance Austin Hollins will throw down an impressive dunk. Hollins added to his long highlight reel in the first half of Wednesday night’s game vs. Illinois. Watch Hollins soar for his latest trademark right-handed powerful flush in this post.

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Michigan hoops player does LeBron-like dunk

It was just this past week that NBA superstar LeBron James put on his semi-annual dunk contest, which was caught on film by fellow members of the Miami Heat. One of James’ signature dunks consisted of him throwing the ball off the wall, catching it and throwing down a huge reverse slam.

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Will Sheehey posterizes Penn State

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Will Sheehey Baseline Dunk vs. Penn State

When thinking about the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season, Indiana’s Will Sheehey isn’t a name that many have put on top of that list. After the dunk Sheehey had over Penn State’s Jordan Dickerson in the first half of Wednesday’s game vs. Penn State, it may be time to reconsider.

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What if the Big Ten had a dunk contest?

Sam Thompson

Stop Leaving Sam Thompson Open on Inbounds Passes

The NBA recently announced six contestants who will be competing in the 2014 Slam Dunk contest during NBA All Star weekend. That got us thinking about if the Big Ten had a dunk contest. Who are some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this year? Here is a breakdown of the six Big Ten players I would want to see in a dunk contest.

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Video: Amir Williams channels inner Sam Thompson

Amir Williams

Williams Dunk off the Inbound vs. Iowa

Big Ten fans are very familiar with Sam Thompson soaring into the air for a highlight-reel inbound alley-oop. After all, the Ohio State junior has done it countless times over the course of his career. In Tuesday night’s win at No. 13 Iowa, however, it was Amir Williams channeling his inner Sam Thompson. Watch Williams elevate for the alley-oop in this post.

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Video: Gabe Olaseni hammers home 1-handed putback

Gabe Olaseni

Gabriel Olaseni 1-Hand Windmill Jam vs. Northwestern

Iowa’s Gabe Olaseni had a day to remember in Saturday afternoon’s 76-50 win at Northwestern. The junior tallied his third double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) of the season in just 17 minutes, plus he had the game’s top highlight on a vicious one-handed putback in the first half. Watch the highlight-reel flush in this post.

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Minnesota's Austin Hollins posterizes Wisconsin

Austin Hollins

Austin Hollins Hesitation Dribble and Throw Down vs. Wisconsin

There are certain dunks that simply make you say “wow”, and then there is the type of dunk that Austin Hollins had in the second half of Wednesday night’s win over Wisconsin. Minnesota’s senior guard drove to the basket and exploded for a huge one-handed slam over Wisconsin freshman Nigel Hayes. Even better, Hollins was fouled on the slam. Watch it in this post.

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Video: Caris LeVert steals it and soars for dunk

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Caris LeVert Steal and Dunk vs. Iowa

Here’s a safe assumption: Caris LeVert wouldn’t have been able to pull off the kind of highlight he did in Wednesday night’s win over No. 10 Iowa. The steal part, sure, he could have done. As for the driving to the hoop and jumping off his wrong foot and throwing down a powerful left-handed poke, we’re not so sure. Watch the highlight in this post.

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Video: Glenn Robinson III soars for nasty alley-oop

Glenn Robinson III

Glenn Robinson III Alley-Oop Jam vs. Penn State

Glenn Robinson III in the open floor is a wonderful thing to watch. It’s even better when he’s in the open floor and one of his Michigan teammates lobs an alley-oop his way. That was the case in Tuesday night’s 80-67 win vs. Penn State, and Robinson III didn’t disappoint at all on the transition alley-oop. Watch the highlight and another one of his dunks in this post.

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Yarina: What a wild opening week of Big Ten hoops

Aaron Craft

D.J. Newbill's Early Exit vs. Illinois

Well, that was an interesting and entertaining opening week of conference play, wasn’t it? Put it this way: If the rest of the regular season is anything like the first week, we are all in store for a fun ride to the Big Ten tourney and NCAA tourney.

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Video: Austin Hollins adds to dunk highlight reel

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Austin Hollins 1-Hand Jammer vs. Purdue

Austin Hollins had a pair of slams on BTN.com’s top 10 nonconference dunks. The Minnesota senior exploded for another impressive flush in Sunday’s home game vs. Purdue. This time, Hollins used a shot fake from beyond the 3-point line to get to the basket for a powerful right-handed throw-down. Watch the dunk in this post.

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Court Pass goes live before Big Ten games

If you’ve ever attended a Big Ten men’s basketball game, you know the excitement builds as the crowd files in. Players run drills on the court as the pep band runs through the set list, all contributing to the growing buzz. Now we offer Court Pass, a live online camera delivering exclusive pregame video from selected BTN TV games throughout the Big Ten men’s basketball season. And it starts tonight.

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BTN.com's nonconference honors, teams

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Rayvonte Rice Talks with #BTNLive

With the nonconference season now in the books, BTN.com’s basketball panel decided to release its best of the 2013 nonconference season. From superlative honors to All-Big Ten teams, our guys offer their picks.  See it all in this post. Don’t agree? Feel free to leave your picks in the submission box at the bottom of the post.

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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 vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

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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