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Jordan Crawford's smooth scoop is a 2010 top-10 tourney shot

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Xavier coach Chris Mack confidently calls him the team's best player.

Jordan Crawford, the sophomore guard who gained eternal Internet street cred last summer for this dunk on Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, played out of his mind in getting Xavier past upset-minded Minnesota this afternoon; he scored 28 points and dished out five assists.

And while his 3-pointer from the corner with 38 seconds remaining was the straw that broke the back of the Golden Gophers, giving the Musketeers a 63-54 lead, this play, which is positively Dr. J/Jordan-esque, was the highlight of the first window of games.

Crawford spoke earlier this week about how he's thrilled to be back in the tournament. He was a member of Indiana's team when it got handled by Arkansas in the first round in 2008. He transferred from the school after Kelvin Sampson was relieved of his head coaching duties after breaking the same rule at two different universities.

Now we get to see Xavier and Crawford in the second round, showing us a flashy side of the game, which some believe isn't so prevalent at the Division I level these days.

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