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VIDEO: No. 11 Northern Iowa upsets No. 6 Texas on Paul Jesperson halfcourt buzzer-beater

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Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson made a half-court, buzzer-beater to put the No. 11 seed Panthers past No. 6 seed Texas, 75-72 in the West Region on Friday night.

Jesperson buried the shot after Isaiah Taylor of the Longhorns tied it up with 2.7 seconds left.

Here’s a better angle of Jesperson’s shot, which came from someone sitting in the stands.

You can really get a feel for just how far that ball traveled in the air:

And this angle may be even better:

The Panthers (23-12) continued their streak of big shots at the end of games as senior guard Wes Washpun made a buzzer-beater in the Missouri Valley conference tournament to help get Northern Iowa into the tournament.

Jesperson finished with 14 points while Washpun led the Panthers with 17 points. A balanced offensive effort was one of the keys for Northern Iowa as they also had 16 points from Jeremy Morgan, Klint Carlson had 11 points and Matt Bohannon had 10 points.

Texas (20-13) lost in unlucky fashion after Taylor did such a great job tying the game. Finishing with 22 points, six assists and four rebounds, Taylor was tremendous for Texas. Eric Davis chipped in 13 points while Javan Felix had 12 points. This one will no doubt sting, but the Longhorns have a lot to be happy about after their first season with Shaka Smart.

Northern Iowa has now picked up a NCAA tournament win in three straight trips spanning back to 2010. The Panthers just seem to have a knack for coming up with big plays and upsets in the tournament the last few years as head coach Ben Jacobson picks up another big win. The Panthers will face No. 3 seed Texas A&M on Sunday in a West Region contest in Oklahoma City.

Listen to the radio call of the Northern Iowa game, including the announcer dropping the line, “Longhorns, trying to make them the Shorthorns”:

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.

 

VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: