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Sam Thompson dunks another in-bound alley-oop

Here’s a random, but accurate, statement: Sam Thompson is the Big Ten’s elite weapon on inbound passes under his own basket. The Ohio State junior boasts a thick scrapbook of flying in for jaw-dropping alley-oops on said plays. Somehow, opponents haven’t accounted for it. Watch Thompson’s latest inbound alley-oop in this post. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson dunks inbound pass. Yes, again! #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/cSA6KA3tgI — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) December 7, 2013 What about the previous inbound alley-oops? We have a few of those for your viewing pleasure. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: @OhioStateHoops' Sam Thompson alley-oops the inbound pass.

Video: Sam Thompson soars for 4 alley-oops

Sam Thompson wasn’t shy about showing off his leaping ability Wednesday night in Ohio State’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge game vs. Maryland. The junior forward, in true Sam Thompson form, soared for four impressive alley-oops. Yes, in one game. Watch all four of Thompson’s highlight-reel dunks in this post. [ MORE: AP: Ross scores 20, Ohio State beats Maryland 76-60 ] Alley-oop No. 1: VIDEO: Teams should account for Sam Thompson in the open court, or this will happen. @OhioStateHoops WATCH – http://t.co/rZs2UCUMqs — Ohio State on BTN (@BTN_Ohio_State) December 5, 2013 Alley-oop No. 2: VIDEO: What's better than one @OhioStateHoops'

Big Ten/ACC Challenge finishes in 6-6 tie

The Big Ten went 4-2 in the second night of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, which led to a 6-6 tie between the two power conferences. No. 1-ranked Michigan State fell to North Carolina, 79-65, while Ohio State, Wisconsin, Purdue and Nebraska all had impressive victories Wednesday night. Here are the final scores from Wednesday’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge: Ohio State 76, Maryland 60; Wisconsin 48, Virginia 38; North Carolina State 69, Northwestern 48; North Carolina 79,  Michigan State 65;  Purdue 88, Boston College 67; Nebraska 60, Miami (FL) 49. [ MORE: View our Big Ten scoreboard | Ohio State honors Gary

Keith Appling throws down a monster dunk

Michigan State guard Keith Appling threw down a dunk that will be talked about for days to come in East Lansing. The senior point guard split a pair of defenders and exploded for a thunderous one-handed posterizing dunk that brought the Breslin Center crowd to their feet on Friday afternoon. DUNK ALERT: @MSU_Basketball senior guard Keith Appling slices through the D and throws down a HUGE dunk! WATCH – http://t.co/2HcM011rV1 — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 29, 2013 Appling had a similar dunk last season against Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament. Which dunk was more impressive? You be the

B1G Clicks: Tracking today's Big Ten trends

Did you miss something while you stepped away from your computer? We’re tracking some of the best Big Ten social media happenings and posting them all right here. Check out today’s edition, including an awesome image of Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde. Like what you see? We do this every weekday. Visit our Clicks archive. Here are Thursday’s B1G Clicks: Interested in a really early 2014 mock NFL Draft? Look no further –> http://t.co/0bqbAyuQ3d — Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) November 21, 2013 Our take: Five Big Ten players listed in the first round. Our take: 53 yards until Hyde reaches

Watch our favorite dunks from week that was

The past week on the hardwood gave us several highlight-reel dunks. There was the usual suspect, Ohio State’s high-flyer Sam Thompson, but several newcomers showed off their ups, too. Guys like Indiana’s Troy Williams and Purdue’s Basil Smotherman. Enjoy our favorite dunks from the week that was in this post. Illinois’ Jon Ekey: DUNK ALERT: Wow! Jon Ekey with the early favorite for dunk-of-the-year for @IlliniHoops! #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/6AaZdB7X7s — Illinois on BTN (@BTN_Illinois) November 17, 2013 Indiana’s Troy Williams: VIDEO: #iubb frosh Troy Williams jumps to rafters of Assembly Hall for putback. WATCH – http://t.co/YcbEZ9leSn — Brent Yarina

Big Ten Geeks: Standing Tall

The Big Ten suffered its first losses over the past couple nights, and we learned just a little bit more about the shape of this conference. Let’s dive in. In a formula that might become common this season, Illinois struggled to score over Valparaiso’s length but did enough on defense to secure the victory. After facing two decidedly smaller teams to open the season, Illinois had trouble converting over Valpo’s big and experienced frontline. In fact, the Illini’s 35.6 effective field goal percentage is the lowest mark of the John Groce era, and last season’s team wasn’t exactly a collection

See back-to-back dunks for Branden Dawson

So, Michigan State’s Branden Dawson had a powerful pair of back-to-back plays in Friday night’s season-opening 98-56 rout of McNeese State. First he dunked with one hand, then he dunked it with two hands. Watch the dunks in this post. Watch it here, and watch other plays here. INSTANT HIGHLIGHT: Back-to-back Branden Dawson dunks for @MSU_basketball. Got a fave? WATCH BOTH – http://t.co/06QwSK124S — Michigan St. on BTN (@BTN_Michigan_St) November 9, 2013 Presented by Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn, these video segments are great football moments clipped and posted online during live Big Ten football and basketball games. Are you on Twitter? Follow

Video: Adreian Payne, Spartans put on dunkfest

Michigan State played above the rim for much of its 83-45 exhibition victory over Indiana (PA) on Monday at the Breslin Center. And that’s a good thing, because it’s exactly what one expects to see from the No. 2 team vs. a far inferior preseason foe. Check out all of Michigan State’s top dunks, including a trio from Adreian Payne, in this post. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Monday’s Big Ten exhibition action ] First, let’s take a look at Adreian Payne’s dunkfest. For the love of elevation! @MSU_Basketball senior Adreian Payne throws down a huge left-handed slam

View: Watch Big Ten tournament dunks

Michigan State’s Keith Appling brought down the United Center with his one-handed posterizing dunk over Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe in the Big Ten tournament. As impressive as the dunk was, it wasn’t the only one that delighted during the four-day event. Watch the Big Ten tourney dunks in this video.