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The Distaff Dunker
Just as posterizing—the practice of dunking on an opponent viciously enough to deserve commemoration—started out as an NBA phenomenon, YouTubing such slams (the video equivalent) has become all the rage in the college game. That's partly because the embarrassment is being exacted at the expense of noted posterizers LeBron James, whose handlers worked to keep video of Xavier's Jordan Crawford dunking on LeBron at his own camp this summer off the Internet, and Jerry Stackhouse, who got a face full of Kentucky's John Wall at a North Carolina pro-am in August. On the women's side, look for 6'8" skywalker BRITTNEY GRINER of Baylor to continue building a dunk reel. The Lady Bears have plays drawn up specifically for her to throw down.
Cinderellas Who Will Dance Deep Into March
IOWA STATE / Conference player of the year candidate Craig Brackins (20.2 points per game last season) and junior college transfer Marquis Gilstrap (22.6) give the Cyclones one of the best one-two scoring punches in the Big 12.
GONZAGA / The outfit that just missed the Sweet 16 last spring lost one rotation player (guard Jami Schaefer) but got back sharpshooting guard Tiffanie Shives (who missed 10 games with a knee injury) and added guard-forward Katelan Redmon, a transfer from Washington.
SI's All-Name Team
G JUST-IN'LOVE SMITH, Siena
G ALIBABA ODD, Delaware State
F BAK BAK, California