- Eamonn Brennan, College Basketball Reporter
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How does a team gain a 1-0 lead before a game even starts? It's simple, actually: The opposing team dunked in warm-ups. (Raise your hand if you saw that coming. OK, put your hands down. You're making me feel bad.)
That's what happened in the Middle Tennessee-Western Kentucky game today, when Middle Tennessee's Trevor Ottley broke the little-known but still apparently enforced no dunking in warm-ups rule. Ottley went ahead and flushed in the layup lines; the referees assessed MTSU with a technical foul, Western Kentucky's A.J. Slaughter knocked down one of two, and thus the scoreboard read 1-0 with 20:00 minutes remaining. Kind of cool, right?
This isn't the first time this has happened this season: Division III school Augustana (shout-out to the Quad-Cities!) did the same thing against Gonzaga on Dec. 9. The lesson here: Know the rulebook! Assistant coaches, this means you; spend less time telling players to get away from the sideline during excited moments, and more time reminding them that dunking before the game starts is naughty. See? Problem solved.
How does a team gain a 1-0 lead before a game even starts? It's simple, actually: The opposing team dunked in warm-ups. (Raise your hand if you saw that coming.