If anyone tracked alley-oop dunks off baseline inbound passes, Ohio State's Sam Thompson would likely be among the national leaders. The high-flying senior forward cuts hard to the rim on every inbounds play, yet opposing teams never seem to have a defender in position to stop it. The newest victim was Morehead State's Brent Arrington midway through the second half of Ohio State's 87-71 victory on Saturday afternoon. Thompson finished with aplomb too, catching Shannon Scott's pass with his right arm cocked and ready and throwing down a violent one-handed slam. Great as the dunk was, however, the reaction from the Ohio State crowd and bench may have been even better. The Buckeyes are going to keep enjoying Thompson's inbound lob dunks until an opponent figures out how to stop them.
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