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Everybody get up, it’s time to slam now

Karl Towns - photo by Walter Cornett |

Karl Towns – photo by Walter Cornett |

Bringing energy to each game and maintaining it throughout is a large area of focus for No. 1 (28-0, 15-0 Southeastern Conference). That idea has been a theme throughout this season.

“ … We're really, really good when we have a lot – when we play with a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm, and when we make the simple plays,” Karl-Anthony Towns said after the Cats' big win over Mississippi State in Starkville.

One of the sure-fire ways to get the Cats going is by dunking. Now, whether it's a two-handed windmill, a one-handed catch and slam, or a jam right over the opposing team, that's up to the player.

“When stuff like that happens everybody just gets pumped,” said freshman forward Trey Lyles, who had a pair of dunks against Mississippi State to go along with his career-high 18 points. “You know, after that we just push it to another level. Everybody starts clicking offensively and defensively and they're definitely plays that carry on throughout the game for us.”

Lyles was talking about Towns' drive straight down the paint followed by a one-handed slam that was a game changer against the Bulldogs. That dunk pushed the Cats ahead 11 points, and they'd continue to push the lead to as many as 24.

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