By Matt McCoy
Ohio State rolled in its Big Ten opener, 70-44 over Nebraska Wednesday. Deshaun Thomas scored 18 of his game high 22 points in the first half when the Buckeyes opened up a 19 point lead and then cruised home to the victory.
The biggest roar of the night came during garbage time. With three minutes to play, guard Shannon Scott led the Buckeyes on a fast break and threw a slightly off target alley oop pass to the athletically gifted Sam Thompson, who was able to reach back with one hand and redirect the ball through the basket for a thunderous dunk.
In just his second year at Ohio State, I can confidently say that he's the best Buckeye dunker I've seen. His highlight reel of slams continues to grow...and so does the debate.
In the post-game interviews following the Nebraska win, a friendly argument developed between Thomas and Aaron Craft over which Thompson dunk is number one.
"That's his best dunk," Thomas said of Thompson's slam against the Huskers. "He signed his name to it."
Craft interrupted. "I'm going to be a little selfish here...that was only good because Shannon threw an awful pass. Last year against Indiana on an out of bounds play, Sam actually had to turn his body the same way but it was around somebody and I actually threw (the pass)...I'm going to say that was better."
"That was actually an awful pass as well," a chuckling Thomas said.
You can judge for yourself. The Big Ten Nework's Dave Revsine and former Buckeye Jim Jackson looked at Thompson's best dunks this year including the Wednesday night Nebraska slam, favored by Thomas and also the dunk I would pick, a windmill jam last month over UNC-Asheville. Also posted is last year's Indiana dunk which has Craft's vote. They're all extremely impressive. Enjoy.