Cameron Ridley’s putback beats Arizona State at the buzzer (VIDEO)

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MILWAUKEE — After an uneventful day of double-digits games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, fans were treated to a great game in the nightcap as No. 7 seed Texas held off No. 10 seed Arizona State, 87-85, in a Midwest Regional Round of 64 clash.

Texas held a 14-point, second-half lead but the Sun Devils charged back into the game behind a balanced scoring effort and the hot second-half shooting of junior forward Jonathan Gilling.

With Texas clinging to an 82-81 lead with under a minute remaining, Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson drove from the right wing and fed senior center Jordan Bachynski under the hoop for the thunderous, go-ahead dunk with 45 seconds remaining.

On the ensuing possession, Texas sophomore point guard Javan Felix airballed a three-pointer from the corner, but it was recovered on the offensive glass by junior forward Jonathan Holmes for a three-point play as Holmes was fouled underneath by Gilling while scoring on the putback.

Arizona State went for a three-pointer from senior wing Jermaine Marshall on its final possession, but his attempt went long only to be recovered by Gilling, who was fouled and made two free throws to tie the game at 85.

On the game’s final possession, Holmes attempted an NBA-range three-pointer with four seconds left that drew iron and missed, but sophomore center Cameron Ridley gathered the offensive rebound and put up the game-winning layup with his left hand as the buzzer sounded.

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After a review from the officials, the basket stood and No. 7 seed Texas was declared the winner.

Ridley paced Texas with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Martez Walker (16 points), Demarcus Holland (14 points), Holmes (11 points), Felix (11 points) and point guard Isaiah Taylor (11 points) all finished in double-figures as well for the Longhorns.

Bachynski led Arizona State with 25 points while Carson added 19 points and Marshall chipped in 17. Gilling scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half.

Texas finished the game shooting 53.4 percent from the field (31-for-58) after shooting a blistering 59 percent from the field in the first half.

The Longhorns move on to face No. 2 seed Michigan on Saturday in the Midwest Regional’s Round of 32.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson throws down a vicious putback

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Zion Williamson made another highlight-reel play on Saturday outside of Atlanta as he threw down a vicious putback dunk at the Best of the South.

The five-star prospect has returned from a minor knee injury this spring to look like his old self in July as he’s entertained packed gyms of fans and college coaches the last two weeks.

The Class of 2018 star is currently regarded as the No. 3 overall prospect in the latest Rivals.com national rankings.

(h/t: Courtside Films)

Five-star 2018 point guard Darius Garland cuts list to six schools

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Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.

The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.

A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.

Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s John Calipari participates in the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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The #DriveByDunkChallenge is sweeping the nation on social media this summer.

Rules to participate are pretty simple:

  1. Drive around in your vehicle.
  2. Find a basketball hoop (or a basketball ring if you’re Ted Cruz) on a random driveway.
  3. Run out of your car and dunk on that random hoop while a friend films.
  4. Run back to your car and drive away.

Let Anthony Davis show you how it works:

Pretty simple, right?

The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.

Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.

And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.

While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.

I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.

Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.

The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.

Creighton’s Khyri Thomas posterizes defender

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Creighton rising junior wing Khyri Thomas, like several of his teammates, are taking part in the Omaha Summer League this offseason.

On Thursday night, the 6-foot-3, 205-lb. Thomas eviscerated a defender with a one-handed posterization.

Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.

Zion Williamson throws down 360 windmill dunk

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Zion Williamson added another jaw-dropping dunk in the layup lines on the first night of the second live evaluation period.

Williamson and his SC Supreme team took on Each 1 Teach 1 at the Hoopseen Best of the South at the LakePoint Sporting Community in greater Atlanta.

The 6-foot-7 power forward threw down a 360 windmill dunk during his pregame routines.

Each 1 Teach 1 would pick up a 70-67 victory over SC Supreme. Williamson would end with a monster stat line of 37 points and seven rebounds.