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.
If it’s Friday, it’s time for my survey. This week, I asked Big Ten media members who is the best dunker in the conference. A guy from Ohio State was a popular choice.
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.
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.
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.
The 2014 NBA dunk contest is Saturday night. To help get you ready for all of the highlight slams, we decided to spotlight some of our favorite 2013-14 Big Ten dunks. Did we miss one? Let us know in the comment box at the bottom of the post.
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.
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.
The term “posterize” has become popular among some of the top dunkers in the Big Ten this season. But of all the great “posterizing” dunks we have seen this year, A.J. Hammons’ dunk over Nik Stauskas on Thursday night may top the list.
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.
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.
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.
Indiana product and NBA rookie Victor Oladipo continues to make quite the statement in his first pro season. A couple nights after going for a career-high 35 points, Oladipo threw down one of the more powerful and athletic slams you’ll see all season Friday night. If you missed it, don’t worry, it’s in this post.
No one is going to argue the fact that NBA fans have had a small sampling size of Greg Oden. However, Ohio State fans have plenty of great memories of the 7-footer who led the Buckeyes to the 2007 National Championship Game on his way to being named a first-team All-American.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are 12 games this week to open the Big Ten season. And many of the matchups will go a long way toward shaping the race, with Iowa’s trip to Wisconsin being the headliner. In fact, it could be one of the better games of the season. Here’s a ranking of this week’s games.
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We’re all set to tip-off conference play on Tuesday, which means it’s time to hand out our final grades for the nonconference season. We’ll do this in alphabetical order.
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.
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.
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.
The Big Ten went 5-1 on Saturday to close out the nonconference season with a bang. There were plenty of memorable moments early on this year, so how do we go about summing up 12 teams and 153 total nonconference games? Simple — We follow the rules of twitter.