Tuesday tip-off: Holiday tourneys highlight day

Undefeated Northern Iowa faces Virginia Tech in Cancun.

      
 

 

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Tuesday tip-off: Holiday tournaments highlight day

Undefeated Northern Iowa faces Virginia Tech in Cancun.

      
 

 

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Highlight reel: 12 must-watch players for ’14-15

Delon Wright and Terran Petteway are just a few of the names.

      
 

 

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Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik

Washington Wizards forward Nene took it back to his younger days, as he posted up New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik then spun off him to throw down a thunderous dunk. The Wizards have been carefully easing Nene through the preseason, given his injury history and the fact he played for his native Brazil during the FIBA World Basketball Championships. When healthy, there is no denying Nene can produce moments like this. Asik got a whiff of what the Chicago Bulls saw in last season’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. [Vine] The post Highlight: Wizards’ Nene spins and dunks over Pelicans’ Omer Asik appeared first on KCM SPORTS.

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FIBA World Cup Group Play Turning into Highlight Show for Team USA

After just four games of preliminary-round play, Team USA clinched a spot in the round of 16 and won its Group C with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried led the way for the United States with 16 points, but the club’s fourth consecutive win was in large part due to another ensemble effort. For the second straight contest, every member of the roster scored—underscoring the depth and selflessness characterizing head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad.

As guard James Harden told reporters after the team’s victory over New Zealand, “We’ve got 12 guys that can score the basketball at any given moment, and tonight and every other night the focus is defense, and whoever scores the basketball, it’s USA points.”

And many of those USA points have been scored in style.

The United States’ active defense has translated into plenty of fast-break offense. The results have been something to behold.

Here are just a few of the highlights we’ve witnessed as Team USA prepares for its final game of group play against Ukraine.

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WATCH: Every highlight from the Drew League Dunk Contest

.embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: auto; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } This year’s Drew League Slam Dunk Contest featured the likes of Young Hollywood, Jonathan Clark, Airdogg, Chris Staples and Steven Mallory. And while those aren’t household names, the five Drew League players managed to put on a better show than one has seen at the NBA’s slam dunk contest in recent years. Young Hollywood may have won the whole thing but there’s plenty of great dunks to go around. Johnathan Clark’s pump-reverse dunk while splitting his legs was insane as was his flip into a dunk. If I had a vote, it’d probably go to him. Have to give it up for Young Hollywood though. His dunk over a dude standing on a chair was straight-up silly. [Youtube] Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

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SEC matchups highlight Iowa State’s schedule

SEC matchups, road game at Iowa highlight Iowa State’s non-conference schedule

      
 

 

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Villanova, Michigan highlight 2014 Legends Classic (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK (AP) — Big East champion Villanova and Big Ten champion Michigan are in the 2014 Legends Classic.

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Wednesday Tip-Off: Duke-UNC and Pitt-Syracuse highlight rivalry battles

The Duke vs. North Carolina rivalry never gets old.

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Paul George and Damian Lillard Highlight Exciting NBA Dunk Contest Roster

The dunk contest is back.

The last few fields have been rather lackluster, but 2014 is bucking that trend, thanks to the inclusion of three players who will also compete in the actual All-Star Game: Paul GeorgeDamian Lillard and John Wall

Stars make the contest exciting, and it’s hard to deny any of the aforementioned studs that status.

George has been a supremely impressive two-way threat for the Indiana Pacers, quickly developing into one of the few players in the league who seems capable of eventually challenging Kevin Durant and LeBron James for ultimate supremacy. Lillard, meanwhile, has been thriving as a dominant point guard for the upstart Portland Trail Blazers. 

As for Wall, he’s quickly becoming an elite floor general for the Washington Wizards thanks to his dynamic offensive contributions. Jumper or no jumper, he can’t be kept away from the rim. 

And they can all get up to throw down. 

George, one of the few players in the world who can do that (Vince Carter could back in the day), told Candace Buckner of The Indianapolis Star, “Exactly, I don’t want to add to it (All-Star weekend) by doing extra stuff.”

That came back in January, but fortunately his stance has changed, as reported by Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears

He’ll officially be joined by the man who can do this: 

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com broke the news that Lillard will participate, and J. Michael of CSNWashington.com confirmed Wall’s entry. You know, the same Wall that has thrown down dunks in this vein:

It’s worth noting, though, that The Washington Post‘s Michael Lee says Wall has neither confirmed nor denied the report that he’s dunking for a trophy: 

We can only hope A) that Wall does elect to participate and B) that the rest of the field is as strong as the first three confirmed players. Rumor has it that our wish will be granted. 

Thus far, a Terrence Ross rumor has been reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein, and James Ham of NBA.com tweets that Ben McLemore could be included as well: 

Three unquestioned stars and two of the NBA‘s youngest highflyers

Yes please. 

Again, the dunk contest is back

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