One Frame At A Time: Minnesota

Submitted by Ace on January 20th, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Glenn Robinson III, quite casually, threw down a 360 dunk against Minnesota. I have no memory of a Michigan player ever doing the same, let alone with such ease. So, yeah, the full gif treatment is in order. Above is a little photoshop job, because something about that play didn't quite feel real. Below, every damn replay angle imaginable [click each thumbnail for the gif]:


[For the rest of the Minnesota gifs, featuring several more dunks and John Beilein's strange facial tic, hit THE JUMP.]

The pink gorilla is for diversity, I guess.

This is John Beilein's face when Trey Burke had to leave the game after his jersey tore. Looks normal, right? Click through for his totally unnerving facial tic:

Yeah, let's get back to the dunks. Mitch McGary steal and slam:

Burke-to-Hardaway, Part One:

Burke-to-Hardaway, Part Two:

Gorgeous, gorgeous basketball, capped by a GRIII slam:

Game... blouses:

Caris LeVert's reaction to Stauskas's dunk is wonderful:

The Barn's raised court lends itself quite well to bench reaction shots, as does Mitch McGary's entire existence:

Trevor Mbakwe, not particuarly pleased with the call on his fourth foul:

While Hardaway eventually got tied up on the sideline, Austin Hollins (#20) is still not going to enjoy the film room after allowing him to get a 1-on-4 offensive rebound:

Box out, man.



January 20th, 2013 at 2:42 PM ^

Good lord the guy on the bottom left corner of the pink gorilla gif can sure keep his mouth open wide for an extended period of time.  That looks like it would hurt.

Mich Mash

January 20th, 2013 at 2:55 PM ^

...was Chris Webber.  I'm struggling to remember any details and can't substantiate with video evidence at this point, but I know he did it at some point in his Michigan career.

Edit: Found some clips on Youtube...looks like he did it at Ohio State, though not positive. (start at 4:06)


January 20th, 2013 at 4:25 PM ^

He's still the fastest flat-footed dunker (meaning, from ground to rim, without a running start) that I've ever seen at Michigan. Incredible physical ability ...

I can't watch highlights of him, though, without thinking of how his NBA career might have gone if he'd played to his strengths (and modeled his career after, say, Akeem Olajuwon instead of Magic Johnson or some perimeter guy). It's not like he did poorly (multiple All-Star appearances attest to that), but he may have been in the "all-time greats" conversation.


January 20th, 2013 at 3:22 PM ^

-1: He started on the front right (his angle of attack) and ended on the back left

-0.5: A slight over rotation, more like 385 deg

-0.25: Could have thrown it down harder, a bit too gentle and safe


I hope Beilein sits him down during this extended time off to make the necesary corrections.


January 20th, 2013 at 3:42 PM ^

not to be that guy, but technically it wasn't really a 360 dunk (when his feet left the ground, his back was pretty much facing the basket)


January 20th, 2013 at 10:42 PM ^

You guys realize that almost no 360 dunks are the full 360 degrees, right?  This applies to snowboarding as well, but it's what you call the dunk/move.  Leave your protractor at home - he was running toward the basket, turned all the way around and finished facing the basket.  

This is a dumb comment to make, which is why you guys are getting negged for it, rightfully so.


January 20th, 2013 at 9:32 PM ^

At OSU. They scored around 10 points in the first half and almost came back to win.  Lost to them twice during regular season then beat them to go to Final Four.  Suck on it Jimmy Jackson.

Webber's alley oop dunk against Notre Dame in the first game the Fab 5 started together was one of the best college dunks I have seen.  His dunk from a pass of the glass from Ray Jackson at Penn St is also pretty sick.  

Rumeal was probably the best small guy from Michigan with some nasty throw downs.  The reverse against Seton Hall and another reverse against Duke at home his senior year were impressive.

Jimmy King was the guy who had the most impressive dunks I have seen.  Webber second.


January 20th, 2013 at 10:33 PM ^

That was not just a "Trey-Burke-needs-to-leave-the-floor" thing. He even has that in post game interviews. I don't remember seeing it before this year though.

Maybe is brought on by uncontrollable happiness. After seeing all these dunks, his mouth can't help but smile every couple of seconds.


January 21st, 2013 at 9:18 AM ^

Is that when he does it he doesn't act like a fool... I know it's all "get off my lawn" but I love the way he reacts after a top 10 level dunk vs the way, say, Webber would.  I think it really shows a lot of class.