Deonte Burton, a dunk-happy 6-foot-1 guard on Nevada with ridiculous hops, detonated on Boise State’s Ryan Watkins Wednesday night and is the new leader for Best Dunk of the 2013-2014 College Basketball Season. Burton, who could get taken in the 2nd round of the NBA draft this summer, fearlessly attacked the 6-foot-9 Watkins by cocking the ball back and then dunking violently. The Nevada bench exploded. The Wolfpack won in double overtime, 83-81.
Burton’s dunk has already earned him the No. 1 spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10, a distinction that will only help his NBA draft stock.
Very proud of these guys, of how they’ve handled this. There’s been a lot of focus, both positive and negative about this team. … They’re fun to be around, and they deserve this 31-0.
Wichita State (18-0) will have a first-round bye in the Missouri Valley tournament next week.
This is the best start since UNLV began 34-0 and lost in the 1991 national title game. Wichita State is also off to the best start by a Missouri Valley team since Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, won its first 33 games and fell to Michigan State in the 1979 title game.
The Shockers reached the Final Four a year ago and have the confidence to make another deep run after going undefeated in the regular season. They also have more talent on the roster than many give them credit for as well as a solid coach in Marshall.
Normally it’s coaches who hold back players, but we saw the opposite Saturday.
Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin expressed his displeasure with a call during the Cincinnati-UConn game. His anger was directed at Ted Valentine, the high-profile official, and things escalated further when the coach invaded the referees personal space.
Cronin got so upset that his players held him back, and somehow avoided getting a technical.