It’s senior night around college basketball this week. Time for the universities to show gratitude and respect to the players that stuck around and played out their eligibility. Such was the case at Maryland last night. One of the players the Terrapins were honoring was Dave Neal, a bit player forward who has improved his contributions during his final season. Normally, students are honored with a framed jersey and perhaps some flowers for their parents. Dave Neal, however, received an even better treat from Wake Forest’s Jeff Teague: a nasty, tea bag-style dunk that left College Park stunned.
Adding insult to nasty facial dunks was the fact Wake Forest won the road game, placing the Terrapins directly on the tournament bubble. Dave Neal notwithstanding, but does a team with a below .500 record in conference play deserve a tournament bid? Yes, the Terps beat North Carolina and then proceeded to lose to Duke and Wake; although, they buffered those loses with a win at North Carolina State.
Does 18-11 (7-8) put Maryland in the tournament? Or will they have to rely on a strong ACC Tournament showing to make the Big Dance?
Besides copious amounts of food and weight-gaining, Thanksgiving also provides a veritable smorgasbord of highlight-worthy sports, especially from the world of college basketball. Starting last week and continuing on until Christmas, there are about a thousand different pre-conference basketball tournaments — fertile ground for athletes who make dunking over defenders look like one of the easiest things to do in sports.
Even though the 2008-09 season is still in its early stages, there have already been some spectacular dunks; so many in fact, there’s already a couple of debates brewing about the dunk of the year and who is the best dunker in college — and just think, conference play hasn’t even started yet. With that in mind, who is the best dunker in college basketball?
Is it Chris Wright from Dayton? Paul George from Fresno? How about Duke’s Gerald Henderson? Being the good soldiers we are, we’ve collected some of these “preseason” dunks to help you along with such a decision.