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Dunks for the memories: Looking back at the best

Victor Oladipo

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

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Non-conference play in Big Ten men’s basketball wraps up this weekend. There are no games today and Thursday but action picks back up Friday with Jacksonville at Indiana on BTN/BTN2Go. Big Ten play starts next Monday with Michigan State at Minnesota and Indiana at Iowa.

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Did You See This? Smith Jr. dunks over Withey

Lenzelle Smith Jr.

Slam Dunk by OSU's Smith

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Kansas big man Jeff Withey leads the nation in blocks, averaging 5.4 swats per game entering Saturday’s game at Ohio State. So, as you can imagine, not many players succeed in challenging the stud center near the rim. Unless your name is Lenzelle Smith Jr., apparently. The Ohio State junior went at Withey and hammered home a left-handed slam in the first half of Saturday afternoon’s loss. Watch the dunk here.

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Did You See This? Eric May's ridiculous And-1

Eric May

Eagles Dunked On by Eric May

Injuries have kept Iowa senior Eric May from being the player many thought he’d become following an impressive freshman campaign. That doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of the occasional big game or highlight-reel play, though. May flashed his incredible athleticism – not to mention strength – on a silly And-1 flush during Saturday’s win vs. Coppin State. Watch the dunk now.

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Did You See This? Sam Thompson windmill slam

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A Windmill Dunk by Thompson

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Of late, Sam Thompson is turning each Ohio State game into his personal highlight reel. There was this from Wednesday night, and this from last Saturday. Thompson dropped more jaws in Saturday afternoon’s 90-72 win over UNC Asheville, this time breaking out a windmill dunk on a fastbreak. Watch the dunk right here.

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Did You See This? Rodney Williams 360 slam

Nov 18, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers forward Rodney Williams (33) dunks during the first half against the Richmond Spiders at Williams Arena. The Gophers defeated the Spiders 72-57. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Rodney Williams 360 Dunk

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He did it again. High-flying Rodney Williams delighted the Williams Arena crowd Tuesday night, this time with another highlight-reel 360 slam. Remember this 360 from last season? Well, this full revolution was just as sweet – yes, even if Williams didn’t stick the landing. Watch Williams’ latest jaw-dropping poke here and check out a couple Trevor Mbawke putbacks in this post.

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Dunk of the day: Victor Oladipo or Sam Thompson?

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Oladipo's Dunk Creates a Frenzy

On the first Saturday sans Big Ten football, BTN aired five consecutive men’s basketball games. It all started at noon ET and came to an end just before 10:30 p.m. There were too many highlights to count during the 10-plus hours of action, but it’s safe to say none were bigger than Victor Oladipo and Sam Thompson’s ridiculous dunks.

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Video: Watch Sam Thompson's Saturday dunk-a-thon

December 8, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Sam Thompson (12) scores over the top of Long Beach State 49ers forward Dan Jennings (35) and guard/forward Kris Gulley (0) in the second half at Value City Arena. Ohio State won the game 89-55. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports.Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Thompson Dunks Again on Long Beach State

Only a sophomore, Sam Thompson has plenty of individual highlights ahead of him. Thing is, the high-flying Buckeye may have a difficult time topping the highlight reel he directed in Saturday’s rout of Long Beach State. Thompson made a living high above the rim, throwing down a pair of impressive alley-oops and slamming home an inbound pass. Watch Thompson dunk the inbound pass now, and see his two alley-oops in this post.

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So far, so good: Tracking a season of Big Ten dunks

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Dunks of the Week - Dec. 4th, 2012

At the start of each week we post a compilation of the week’s top dunks in Big Ten basketball. But since we launched our latest batch (see the video at the top of this post), we’ve seen more slams, too. We’ve added them below in this post below.

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Q&A: Let's talk bowls, hoops & Big Ten expansion

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Dunks of the Week - Dec. 4th, 2012

Throughout the year BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart answers the best of your questions in his weekly and informative mailbag posts. With football’s regular season over, we turn our attention to men’s basketball, bowl games, and the ongoing fan discussion around Big Ten expansion. We know there are strong opinions out there, so send Dienhart a note and tell him what’s on your mind.

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Rattling the rim: Watch last week's slam dunks

Nov 27, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes forward Aaron White (30) dunks the ball over Virginia Tech Hokies forward Joey Van Zegeren (2) during the first half at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

Dunks of the Week

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As we do every week during the men’s basketball season, BTN.com video editors clipped every Big Ten dunk from games that we own online rights to and put them all into one video highlights. Check out our latest dunk highlight-reel now.

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Did you miss these Big Ten dunks?

Rodney Williams

Dunks of the Week

Another week of Big Ten basketball is in the books, and as we’re doing throughout the 2012-13 season, we’ve clipped all the dunks – from the games we have online right to – and put them into one video highlight for your viewing pleasure. Watch the dunk video now.

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Did You See This? Payne rattles the rim

Adreian Payne

Adreian Payne Slams Home Inbound Pass

Entering the season, we heard a lot about how Michigan State big man Adreian Payne had extended his range. That may be true, but Payne spends most of his time down low, and for good reason. In Sunday’s 69-41 victory over Texas Southern, the 6-foot-10 junior threw down two highlight-reel dunks. Watch his alley-oop on the inbound pass now and see his athletic and powerful putback of a missed 3-pointer in this post.

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No. 1 Indiana goes to 3-0 with blowout win

Indiana Hoosiers guard Kevin Ferrell (11) dribbles the ball against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-US PRESSWIRE

Sam Houston at Indiana - Men's Basketball Highlights

Christian Watford scored 23 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Sam Houston State 99-45 on Thursday night in the Progressive Legends Classic. Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0), who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 3-pointers. Hulls also joined the 1,000-point club.

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Welcome to the Big Ten Dunk Archive

Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne (5) drives to the basket during practice the day before the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

Branden Dawson Left-Handed Dunk

Like dunks? You’re in luck, because we here at BTN.com are clipping every Big Ten dunk – from the games we have online rights to – and linking to them for your viewing pleasure. Find your favorite team’s November slams in the table below. Throughout the season, we’ll update the list on our Big Ten Dunk Archive. Bookmark that page to keep up with all the latest slams.

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Did You See This? Hardaway Jr. & Horford dunks

Jon Horford

Tim Hardaway Jr. Dunk

There were plenty of highlights during No. 5 Michigan’s 91-54 victory over IUPUI on Monday night at Crisler Center. One would be hard pressed to find two better ones than Tim Hardaway Jr.’s coast-to-coast slam dunk or Jon Horford’s powerful two-handed flush. Watch Hardaway’s dunk now and see Horford’s in this post.

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Don't miss these dunks from the opening week

Cody Zeller

Big Ten Dunks of the Week

The first week of the Big Ten men’s basketball season is in the books. BTN.com video editors spent the week clipping some of the best dunks from the week and have compiled them all into one video highlight for your viewing pleasure. Watch some of the best dunks from the opening week now.

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Robinson's dunks thrill Michigan crowd

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Northern Michigan at Michigan - Men's Basketball Wrap-Up

Here are a few individual highlights from Michigan’s exhibition game on Thursday night, including Glenn Robinson III with the steal and coast-to-coast drive for the jam against Northern Michigan. There was also an alley-oop from Tim Hardaway Jr. to Robinson. Michigan won the game 83-47 and Spike Albrecht led the Wolverines with 16 points. For game stats and notes, check out the GameTracker on MGoBlue.com.

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How's Dawson's knee? Check out these highlights

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Branden Dawson Puts MSU on the Board

Michigan State sophomore Branden Dawson suffered a season-ending knee injury in the final week of the regular season last year. How does he look on the surgically repaired knee? Well, if Michigan State’s exhibition opener against Northwood on Tuesday night is any indication, Dawson will be just fine. Watch the Spartan throw down on the opening tip now and see a couple of his other highlight-reel slam dunks in this post.

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Rodney Williams channels inner Blake Griffin

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Channels Inner Blake Griffin

Put Minnesota’s Rodney Williams in a dunk contest against pretty much anyone, and he’s going to hold his own. What about 2011 NBA Dunk Contest winner Blake Griffin? Who knows how the Minnesota junior would fair against arguably the best dunker, but BTN color commentator Eddie Johnson made this interesting comment about one of Williams’ two highlight-reel jams Saturday: “That had Blake Griffin written all over it.” You know what? It did — only Williams actually dunked it. Watch Williams’ ridiculous jam now and compare it to Griffin’s in this post. Also, watch Williams’ alley-oop Saturday in this post.

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Green, Oladipo, Zeller rattle rim

Indiana's Victor Oladipo

Cody Zeller gets to the rim

There were some rim-rattling slams on the hoop going to the right on your TV screen in Indiana’s victory over Michigan State on Wednesday. Draymond Green started it with a steal that he turned into a powerful And-1 in the first 20 minutes; in the second half, Victor Oladipo added a thunderous dunk, and Cody Zeller matched Green’s steal and slam. As they say, things come in threes. Which dunk was the best? Watch Zeller’s slam now and see the other two in this post. Then, cast your vote for the top dunk. Prediction: It’s going to be a close one.

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Sam Thompson adds to highlight reel

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Sam Thompson Dunk Against Illinois

By now, every Big Ten team knows that Ohio State’s Sam Thompson is a highlight waiting to happen. And yet, the freshman seems to consistently find open spaces around the rim, which, more times than not, leads to a jaw-dropping alley-oop. Thompson struck again in Tuesday night’s win over Illinois. This time, the pass came from Shannon Scott, not the usual Aaron Craft, but it was just as nice. And for good measure, Thompson also had a great block in the revenge win. Watch Thompson’s alley-oop now and see the terrific block in this post.

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Did You See This? Dawson windmill dunk

Michigan State's Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson Windmill Dunk

There are few Big Ten players more exciting in the open floor than Michigan State’s Branden Dawson. The freshman doesn’t get a clear lane to the hoop very often, but he makes the most of the opportunity when it presents itself. With his athleticism and repertoire of slams, it’s anyone’s guess what dunk he’ll pick in the open court. Well, the opportunity presented itself in Sunday afternoon’s win at Purdue, and Dawson delighted with a powerful windmill slam. The dunk wasn’t his only highlight, however, as he also posted his third double-double of the season. Watch the windmill slam now.

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Nebraska's Walker throws down one-handed alley-oop

Nebraska's Caleb Walker

Caleb Walker Slam

For a day, Nebraska did it all and showed what kind of team it can be when everything comes together. It came in Saturday’s decisive victory over struggling Illinois, and Caleb Walker’s ridiculous one-handed alley-oop highlighted it all. The thunderous second-half  jam — listen to the rim! — was a thing of beauty.

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Gophers' Williams slams home missed 3-pointer

Minnesota's Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams Left-Handed dunk

It came in a losing effort, but Minnesota high-flyer Rodney Williams struck again Tuesday night. The Gopher junior put back a Julian Welch missed 3-pointer in a way only Rodney Williams can in Minnesota’s 78-68 defeat against No. 6 Ohio State. The left-handed rebound-throwdown came in the final minute with Ohio State up 11 points, so it’s very possible Williams caught the Buckeyes thinking about everything but boxing out on a late trey.

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