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Did You See This? GRIII's dunk-a-thon vs. Penn State

Glenn Robinson III was mired in a slump entering Sunday’s game versus Penn State. Averaging just 4.5 points and shooting 29 percent in the previous four games, Robinson went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field in Michigan’s 79-71 win. Playing aggressive again, five of Robinson III’s buckets were slams, including a few of the highlight-reel variety. Watch the freshman’s dunk-a-thon that helped him tie a career high with 21 points now.

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Video: Watch our Victor Oladipo dunk montage

On our “Tip-Off Show” leading up to No. 1 Indiana’s victory over Nebraska on Wednesday, we aired a Victor Oladipo dunk montage. We’ve done this a couple times this season, already featuring Sam Thompson and Rodney Williams.

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Vote: Who wins Big Ten 3-point, dunk contests?

With NBA All-Star weekend festivities kicking off Friday, I thought it would be fun to compile Big Ten 3-point contest and dunk contest participants. I say it every year, and I’ll say it again: Somebody needs to make such an event a reality. It would awesome. Anyway, see my participants in this post, plus vote for your champion in both events.

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Did You See This? Oladipo alley-oop, dunk sequence

How about the sequence Victor Oladipo compiled in the first half of Sunday’s win at No. 10 Ohio State? It was so nice, it had analyst Clark Kellogg later uttering this gem: “Victor Oladipo is like a baby’s bottom – smooth and sometimes…explosive!” Quite the description, huh? But it was accurate, as the junior showed smoothness on a reverse alley-oop layup and explosiveness on a powerful two-handed flush. Watch the sequence now and see tweets about it in this post.

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Did You See This? Berggren, Brust deliver highlights

Jared Berggren is compiling quite the highlight reel in his senior season. There was this second jam in a back-to-back sequence, this posterization of Victor Oladipo, and this drive and finish at Iowa, among several others. To little surprise, Berggren struck again in Saturday’s overtime win over No. 3 Michigan. Watch the And-1 dunk now and see Ben Brust‘s ridiculous OT-forcing 3-pointer at the buzzer in this post.

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Did You See This? Oladipo's missed alley-oop

Here’s a first: Writing a post about a missed dunk. Never thought the day would come when such a thing would be worth highlighting, but no one could have guessed Victor Oladipo would come so close to completing an absolutely silly alley-oop. Watch the near highlight-reel dunk and a replay of it in this post. Or, hey, just check out the image of it on the video player here.

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Video: Watch A.J. Hammons' big night, dunk-a-thon

It was just a few days ago that BTN analyst Tim Doyle insisted Purdue freshman A.J. Hammons is a serious threat to compete for next season’s Big Ten Player of the Year. It was a bold claim, and it’s one Doyle won’t soon regret. Certainly not after Hammons’ latest coming out party against No. 3 Indiana. It came in a blowout defeat, but, man, Hammons was terrific. There was the career-high 30 points, the five blocks, and the dunks. Watch Hammons’ third and best flush of the night now and catch the others in this post.

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Tip-Off Show: 'The Best of Jam-uary'

On Wednesday night’s “Big Ten Tip-Off Show,” our crew ranked and analyzed the Big Ten’s top five dunks of January in segment appropriately called “The Best of Jam-uary.” Who made the cut? Spoiler alert: Ohio State’s Sam Thompson makes an obvious appearance. That’s all we’ll give away, though. See all the top dunks in this fun feature now.

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Big Ten Ultimate Dunker: Meet my creation

Let me confess something before I start: I’m 5-foot-11, and I’ve never dunked. With that out of the way, it’s easy to understand why I’m such a big fan of the slam dunk. The number of high-flyers we currently have in the Big Ten doesn’t hurt matters, either, and it’s the reason I thought it would be fun to assemble the Big Ten’s Ultimate Dunker. Here goes.

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Payne, Dawson dunk back-to-back in 3.7 seconds

NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller once scored eight points in 11 seconds. The Spartans had a quick – albeit less memorable – outburst of their own in Sunday’s defeat at Indiana. In a span of 3.7 seconds, Adreian Payne slammed home Travis Trice‘s miss and Branden Dawson, after stealing the ensuing inbound pass, dunked again. Yes, that’s two dunks in less than four seconds. Some teams don’t get two dunks in an entire game! Watch the sequence now.

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Did You See This? Rodney Williams alley-oop

Since his 360 slam in mid-December, Rodney Williams has been uncharacteristically quiet on the jaw-dropping dunk front. He’s had his share of slams (watch in our Dunk Archive), but nothing to the level we’re accustom to. That changed Wednesday at Northwestern, when Williams was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop. To be honest, the pass, from Joe Coleman, might have been as pretty as the dunk. Watch it now.

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Big Ten dunks: A week's worth of slams

We continue to keep our eyes (and ears) open for Big Ten men’s basketball dunks all season, and there have been plenty. Michigan’s Glen Robinson III went 360 degrees last week, and Wisconsin’s Jared Berggren had his poster moment. Here now in this video clip is our weekly dunk-o-matic highlight reel.

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Vote: Did Basabe or May have better dunk?

Iowa didn’t only beat streaking Wisconsin on Saturday, it did so with some flair. The Hawkeyes have plays from Melsahn Basabe and Eric May to thank for that. Each player helped lift the roof off Carver-Hawkeye Arena with slams that should make all the highlight shows. Both dunks were nice, but they were even bigger because they came off great defensive plays. Which dunk was better? Watch both now and cast your vote in the poll inside.

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Did You See This? Robinson's 360-degree jam

Glenn Robinson III got a steal at Minnesota and took it down the court for two points, but these were no ordinary points. Robinson eyed the basket and executed a 360-degree spin before dunking it home in front of the soldout Minnesota crowd.

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Video: Berggren puts Oladipo on a poster

BTN analyst Tim Doyle has been repping Jared Berggren’s underrated athleticism for some time now. To be fair, it’s pretty easy to do so after the Wisconsin senior threw down the second dunk in this clip vs. Penn State.

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Just another Sam Thompson highlight jam

I must admit, it’s getting very, very hard to write something creative each time Sam Thompson leaps out of the gym and delivers an incredible dunk (view his highlight reel). So for the sake of saving your time, do yourself a favor and watch the sophomore’s latest effortless alley-oop. And this one was extra sweet, because it provided an important two points in a close victory over heated rival Michigan.

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Vote: Which Wisconsin dunk was best?

Wisconsin is known for its methodical offense, strong defense and significant homecourt advantage. It is not known for its play above the rim or for registering a bunch of jaw-dropping dunks. That wasn’t case in Saturday’s win over Illinois, when the Badgers totaled four huge dunks, including this Sam Dekker beauty. Watch all of Wisconsin’s big jams from Saturday and vote for your favorite in this post.

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Did You See This? Cody Zeller dribble, drive & dunk

Cody Zeller isn’t your typical big man. The Indiana sophomore runs the floor as well as anyone, almost regardless of height, and he can handle the ball, too. He showed the latter skill on a highlight-reel dunk in Saturday’s win over No. 10 Minnesota. And this one looked like a play a wing would make, as Zeller, from beyond the arc, penetrated and hammered it home. He even took a seat against the basket support after the poke. Watch the highlight now.

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Video: Brandon Paul posterizes Trevor Mbakwe

Last night, it was Sam Thompson putting A.J. Hammons on a poster (Watch it). Wednesday night, it was Brandon Paul doing it to Trevor Mbakwe. Paul’s posterizing flush was as impressive as any we’ve seen this year, but it also was a little controversial. The Illini senior was called for a charge on the play, and yet the bucket counted. Maybe because the dunk was just THAT good? Watch the slam now and see the Twitter reaction to it in this post.

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Video: Sam Thompson slams on A.J. Hammons

Sam Thompson is quickly becoming the media’s best friend. Pretty much every game, the Ohio State sophomore gives us something to talk about, something to watch over and over. And we all appreciate it. Of course, I’m referring to his unbelievable dunks.

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Big Ten's best dunkers: One guy's top 5

This LostLettermen.com post got me thinking about the Big Ten’s top dunkers. There’s a bunch of them, and they’ve kept me busy this season on our Big Ten Dunk Archive. But who are the best of the best? I’ve come up with my top 5, plus honorable mention list, in this post. Let’s hear from you, too, though. There’s a poll included inside and feel free to send your nomination in the comment box.

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Trevor Mbakwe gets swat, then big-time slam

It took Trevor Mbakwe most of the nonconference season to work his way back from last year’s season-ending knee surgery. Either that, or Tubby Smith just decided to bring him back slowly. It was probably the latter, come to think of it, but the sixth-year senior sure looks good now.

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Did You See This? Hardaway one-handed dunk

No. 2 Michigan came up with more than its share of highlights (watch all of them) during Sunday’s victory over Iowa. None, however, were bigger than Tim Hardaway Jr.‘s terrific one-handed slam. In transition, Hardaway Jr. outraced several Hawkeyes down the floor, took the pass from Trey Burke, and threw it down over Iowa’s Eric May. Watch the dunk here, and see some Twitter reaction in this post.

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Did You See This? Bertrand reverse alley-oop

While not quite to the level of J.R. Smith a few days ago, Illinois’ Joseph Bertrand went for a silly reverse alley-oop of his own in Saturday’s rout of Ohio State. Brandon Paul set up the highlight-reel play with a pass that he delivered from just inside the halfcourt line. Watch the reverse alley-oop here and see a great picture of it in this post.

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Did You See This? Sam Thompson delights again

Ohio State played Wednesday night, which means sophomore Sam Thompson delighted viewers with another incredible dunk. Seriously, it’s nearly becoming an every-game occurrence. On this night, Thompson added another alley-oop to his already loaded individual highlight reel.

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