Thrill List: College basketball
If two NCAA tournament buzzer beaters weren't enough (he bounced UConn in 1990 before more famously taking out Kentucky in '92), there's the get-the-blood-roiling factor: Remember how he stomped on a prone
He dribbled behind his back for the first time in a game as a Holy Cross junior, after which Loyola guard
Sorry, Mr. Monroe -- you may have been Black Jesus, but at Winston-Salem Teachers College (now Winston-Salem State) you followed in the footsteps of someone so almighty that
It's a simple matter of physics: There's no way a 5-9 guy becomes the NCAA's fourth all-time leading scorer, as Murph did during his career at Niagara, without banking some serious highlights along the way. Plus, you never knew if he'd break out his baton at halftime and showcase his world-class twirling skills.
And to think: He developed those passes because he wanted to ingratiate himself to others on the playgrounds of Lansing, so he'd be chosen for pick-up games. Magic became a more sound player as a pro, but he was already showcasing Lakers-level spirit and inspiration by the time he had reached Michigan State.
I offer a single moment from the career of the Providence point guard, dating back to the first half of the 1973 national semifinals against Memphis State: a no-look, half-court, behind-the-back pass through traffic for a layup. And rest my case.
Perhaps the oracles of the Trail Blazers' front office had their reasons for making
Dr. Dunkenstein, chief practitioner among Louisville's NCAA Champion Doctors of Dunk, specialized in the Circle, in which he described one full 360-degree revolution, floor to ceiling, with the ball as he levitated to the hoop. "I've guarded guys who could leap before," said Iowa's
I leave you with quotes from two coaches. One is from LSU's
The North Carolina State forward popularized the term vertical leap by using breathtaking ups to convert alley-oop passes. It wouldn't have been quite as thrilling if he hadn't played during (dunk) prohibition; as with so many of life's pleasures, it's often worth leaving a little something to the imagination.
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