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College Basketball’s Top 50 Dunks of the Decade

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Our college basketball all-decade content continues today with the top 50 dunks from the last ten years.

We’ve already discussed the best players, the best teams, the best coaches and the biggest ‘what ifs?’ from the last decade.

Today, I have something special. Did you want a list of college basketball’s all-decade top dunks?

I know you did.

And have I got you covered.

1. Ja Morant vs. UT Martin
2. Zylan Cheatham vs. Oregon
3. Jordan Davis vs. Montana
4. Travis Leslie vs. Kentucky
5. Deonte Burton vs. Boise State
6. Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Cincinnati
7. Rawle Alkins vs. USC
8. Zion vs. Virginia
9. Olu Ashaolu vs. Utah
10. Jerian Grant vs. Georgia Tech
11. Deonte Burton vs. Samford
12. Lindell Wigginton vs. Oklahoma
13. Shay Shine vs. UNC Asheville
14. Grayson Allen vs. UNLV
15. Jonathan Motley vs. Kansas
16. Ja Morant vs. Alabama
17. Jamaal Franklin vs. Fresno State
18. Deonte Burton vs. West Virginia
19. Michael Qualls vs. Kentucky
20. Salavace Townsend vs. Charleston Southern
21. Kerwin Roach vs. UT Arlington
22. Admiral Schofield vs. Mississippi State
23. Willie Cauley-Stein vs. Florida
24. Victor Oladipo vs. Kentucky
25. Eric Griffin vs. NC A&T
26. Jarrett Allen vs. West Virginia
27. Tekele Cotton vs. Illinois State
28. Mustapha Farrakhan vs. N.C. State
29. Wayne Selden vs. Baylor
30. Some kid vs. I have no clue but GOD DAMN
31. Jon Octeus vs. Indiana
32. Kyle Kuric vs. Notre Dame
33. Josh Adams vs. UNLV
34. Ja Morant vs. Marquette
35. Derrick Jones vs. NM Highlands
36. Dorian Finney-Smith vs. Alabama
37. Abdel Nader vs. Oklahoma State
38. Zion vs. Clemson Zion vs. Gonzaga Zion vs. Indiana
39. Kerwin Roach vs. Duke
40. Kwame Alexander vs. Who cares
41. Ronald Roberts vs. Creighton
42. Markel Brown vs. Missouri
43. Thomas Robinson vs. Baylor
44. Zhaire Smith vs. Stephen F. Austin
45. James Young vs. UConn
46. Montrezl Harrell vs. Michigan
47. Mo Bamba vs. VCU
48. Dexter Strickland vs. Kyle Singler
49. Rysheed Jordan vs. Villanova
50. Jericho Sims vs. West Virginia

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.