Though Kentucky would end up pulling out a close 78-76 win to end Wichita State's undefeated dream season, Shockers forward Cleanthony Early wowed fans with what was arguably the best dunk of the tournament so far.
With the Shockers up six late in the first half, point guard Fred VanVleet picked the pocket of Kentucky standout freshman Aaron Harrison. As VanVleet took the ball back in the other direction on a fast break, he had forward Ron Baker streaking down the left side, but Van Vleet had his sights set on the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Early.
VanVleet hit Early in stride with a perfect bounce pass and Early skied for a forceful slam over Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein, plus the foul.
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Early then completed the old-fashioned three-point play to give the Shockers a nine-point lead.
Fortunately for Kentucky, James Young hit a tough three on the other end on the next possession to keep his team within striking distance. It should be a close one the rest of the way.