The college basketball season is well underway, and it saw two incredible dunks Tuesday night. In Villanova’s game against Gonzaga, swingman Mikal Bridges drove the lane against several Bulldogs’ defenders, then threw down an impressive one-handed dunk.
Oh, and after that he made an amazing block at the other end of the floor:
Here’s another look at that block plus replays of the dunk, complete with ESPN analyst Jay Bilas saying “Mikal Bridges is making a case for first-team All American in this game.”
Later on, after another replay of Bridges’ dunk, Bilas said “If that doesn’t make SportsCenter, there needs to be a federal investigation.”
But Bridges’ dunk was only one of the two remarkable one-handed dunks Tuesday. Here’s the other one, from Texas Longhorns center Mo Bamba against the VCU Rams:
What’s really impressive in this one is how far out Bamba leaps from. But it helps when you’re a 7’0” player with a 7’9” wingspan who was one of the top-five consensus prospects this year. Bridges, a redshirt junior for the Wildcats, is no slouch either; he helped Villanova to the 2016 title as a key presence off the bench, and became an important starter for them last season.
This was part of the 28-point, six-rebound effort Bridges turned in in the Wildcats’ 88-72 win over the Bulldogs, while Bamba had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the Longhorns’ 71-67 victory over the Rams. So both of these guys will likely have further highlights to contribute this year. And those may include some more spectacular dunks.