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Just another Sam Thompson highlight jam

Sam Thompson

Thompson One-Hands the Alley-oop

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?

Sam Dekker

Slam Dekker: Great One-Handed Dunk

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

A Big Dunk for Zeller

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

Brandon Paul

Brandon Paul Drives and Dunks

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

Rodney Williams

Rodney Williams 360 Dunk

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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

Trevor Mbakwe

Mbakwe Blocks and Dunks

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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

Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Hardaway One-Handed Dunk

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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

Joseph Bertrand

Bertrand Behind the Back Alley-oop

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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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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

Sam Thompson

A Windmill Dunk by Thompson

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

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

Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

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?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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

Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE

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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