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Janie Harris | | March 3, 2017

Ten dunks from February you need to see before March Madness begins

March is here. That means if you haven’t already, you really need to start paying attention to college basketball. If not, your bracket might be busting a bit earlier than you'd like.

Don’t worry, though. We'll catch you up.

While watching dunks might not seem to help your bracket selection, it may help you notice what teams have strong playmakers. So, just like we did in January, here are some of the best college basketball dunks of February:

Feb. 1 | Kansas vs. Baylor

During one of the first big games of February, No. 2 Baylor and No. 3 Kansas squared off to see who truly deserved the higher ranking. Kansas walked away with the win after the Jayhawks took the lead late in the second half with a dunk by freshman Josh Jackson.

Feb. 4 | Oklahoma State vs. West Virginia

In one of the biggest upsets of early February, the Cowboys took down the No. 7 team in the nation, highlighted by a truly nasty dunk by sophomore Davon Dillard. Brandon Averette passed to Dillard on the wing, and he proceeded to “dunk on the entire state of West Virginia,” as OSU’s Twitter read.

Feb. 9 | Duke vs. North Carolina

During one of the best rivalry-driven games in college basketball, Duke freshman Jayson Tatum slammed in a one-handed dunk after he went scoreless in the first half. By the end of the game the Blue Devils' newcomer had scored 19 points.

Feb. 10 | Oregon vs. UCLA

Dunks come in all shapes and sizes, but in Dillon Brooks’ case, this one is of monstrous proportions. During the first half, Brooks extended the Oregon's lead with a two-handed dunk over two (that’s right -- two) UCLA defenders.

Feb. 11 | NC State vs. Wake Forest

While this dunk couldn’t propel the Wolfpack to a win against the Demon Deacons, it was still impressive. Dennis Smith Jr. came toward the goal so confidently that some "defenders" could do nothing but get out of the way.

Feb. 13 | Louisville vs. Syracuse

With about 13 minutes left in the game, Syracuse nabbed its first lead of the game, but it didn’t last long thanks to an alley-oop, tomahawk slam by Donovan Mitchell. He went on to tally 16 points to help the Cardinals slide past the Orange in overtime.

Feb. 20 | Texas vs. West Virginia

While the Mountaineers walked away with the win, the Longhorns didn’t didn't get walked over, putting up a few highlight-reel worthy plays themselves. Freshman Jarrett Allen knocked in a one-handed dunk with about three minutes left in the first half.  

Feb. 21 | Florida vs. South Carolina

During a game in which both the Gators’ win streak and the SEC lead hung in the balance, KeVaughn Allen fought to keep Florida in the mix, sending one in as the last seconds ticked off the clock to end the first half.

Feb. 23 | Cincinnati vs. Memphis

Early in the second half of the Bearcats’ 25th straight home win, Cincinnati’s Gary Clark held a defender off with one arm and used the other to catch a pass from Troy Caupain, finishing with an alley-oop to extend the Bearcats’ lead.

Feb. 26 | Xavier vs. Butler

In a Big East battle to end the month, Xavier attempted to knock off Butler. Junior Sean O’Mara's dunk put Xavier ahead, but he and his teammates were unable to pull out the win. 

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