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Keith Appling dunks on Iowa, Gus Johnson shouts, ‘What’ (VIDEO)

Mar 16, 2013, 3:00 AM EDT

Keith Appling and Michigan State trailed Iowa 35-26 with 17 minutes to go when the Spartans junior point guard threw down Iowa’s Melsahn Basabe, who stands 6-foot-7, six inches taller than Appling.

The monster slam woke up Michigan State, who turned the nine-point deficit to a 59-56 win as the Spartans advanced to the Big Ten semifinals against Ohio State.

If that isn’t enough, Gus Johnson, who already had an epic call for Brandon Paul’s game winner, could only shout out, “What!” following the posterization.

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  1. anxovies - Mar 16, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    Here’s a comment. Basketball is played in colleges that are not in the Big 10, Big East, PAC 12, SEC, etc. The Mountain West Conference is holding its tournament in Vegas this week but apparently CBT is not aware of that fact because there is not on blog on the results. For those readers who have not been adequately informed by the people who should be doing it, New Mexico, probably the best defensive team in the country, just beat San Diego State, another power team and UNLV beat Colorado State. Despite the fact that these 4 teams will almost certainly be in the NCAA Tournament and with good seeds, CBT keeps its attention riveted on inferior teams in inferior conferences. The Mountain West has the highest RPI in the country. Second-tier teams in the conference such as Boise St. (21-10) and Wyoming (19-13) are capable of beating anybody and could give a top seed a very long night if the committee chooses to select them. Wake up guys, the geography of basketball is changing and you are standing around with your pants at your knees.

    • dlmzzz - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Actually, you missed the REAL point of this. One of the most deserving will miss the NCAAs this year, and this was showing it in full glory. Gus Johnson is the best announcer in college basketball, and he’s going to be prevented from doing the tournament this year. This is our last chance of the year to hear things like “Eeeaaoowwww! WHAT!!!”

      Frankly, I don’t care about either of these teams at all. Without looking up, I can’t even tell you who Michigan State was playing. But I Loved hearing the play by play.

  2. scoregasmic - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    @anxovies TLDR

    Also that dunk was crazy, since when can Appling do that!?

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