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Team of the Week: Oregon Ducks

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Oregon put together the single-most dominant performance that we’ve seen to date this season.

They were hosting Arizona on Saturday. The Wildcats entered the day ranked No. 5 in the country. They were 10-0 in Pac-12 play, which included a win at UCLA. There was a growing crowd that considered Arizona, as of 3:59 p.m. ET, to be the best team in college basketball.

That all changed at 4:00 p.m. ET, because Oregon totally humiliated the Wildcats. They his 16 of their first 21 threes. They jumped out to a 38-11 lead and stretched it to 62-27. They threw more casual alley-oops than you’ll see the Harlem Globetrotters throw against the Washington Generals.

It was proof that Oregon, on their best day, can beat anyone in the country. But, perhaps more importantly, the win kept the Ducks in the race for the Pac-12 regular season title. Had they lost this game, Oregon would’ve found themselves two games out of first.

It’s also worth noting here that, on Thursday night, the Ducks outlasted an Arizona State team in a classic trap game. Dillon Brooks scored the final 12 points for the Ducks.

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  • Big 12 bubble teams: Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State put themselves into the NCAA tournament for the time being with wins at Kansas, Baylor and West Virginia, respectively. Even TCU added a couple of wins, beating Kansas State and Texas.
  • Florida: The Gators made a statement on Saturday, beating No. 8 Kentucky by 22 points to keep themselves within a game of first place in the SEC title race. That was the big win. But it wasn’t a fluke. The Gators went coming off three straight wins by at least 32 points.
  • Syracuse: The Orange added two come-from-behind wins to their résumé, erasing a 17-point second half deficit to win at N.C. State and a 12-point halftime deficit to knock off Virginia in the Carrier Dome. The Orange are now in the thick of the race for an at-large bid.
  • Purdue: The Boilermakers kept themselves in the Big Ten title race by knocking off two teams perched above them in the standings this week. On Wednesday, it was a 21-point win over Northwestern at home. On Saturday, they erased a 12-point deficit at Maryland to knock off Maryland by a point.
  • Xavier: The Musketeers may have lost Edmond Sumner to a torn ACL but they haven’t quit on their season. Xavier landed a pair of two-point wins over NCAA tournament teams this week, beating Seton Hall at home and going into Omaha and knocking off Creighton.
  • Wichita State: The Shockers evened up the race for the Missouri Valley regular season title with a 41-point win over Illinois State, who was previously undefeated in conference play and who had beaten Wichita State at home earlier this season.

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 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.