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Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk highlights Cavs' win

As excited as Virginia's players were about beating North Carolina State on Wednesday, there was just as much excitement about returning to their televisions and seeing where Mustapha Farrakhan's dunk ranked on ESPN SportsCenter's top 10 plays.

Sure enough, it was No. 1. For those who missed the dunk, here's the video:

"Oh, my God!" guard Sylven Landesberg said. "That's all I can say for that."

Farrakhan apparently has a poker tell when he prepares to dunk: he bites his lip. This is how his teammates knew he was going to dunk the ball.

Mike Scott said the three best dunkers on the team are Farrakhan, Tristian Spurlock and himself. Farrakhan has been known to complete the "posterizing" dunks, even making guard Calvin Baker a victim this summer.

"I told him, 'that's probably why I got goosebumps'," Baker said. "Flashbacks or something."

After the dunk, Farrakhan shouted into the face of North Carolina State's Javier Gonzalez, who did not back down and met Farrakhan face-to-face. It appeared they bumped hands. (Gonzalez, by the way, was once a boxer.)

"I have no clue, man," Farrakhan said. "It seemed his momentum came into me. It was kind of close, but Sylven pulled me away."

Landesberg held him back to make sure there was not a technical foul.

Farrakhan said his best dunk was against a player who was 7 feet 3, and that was "one of the top ones."

What made Wednesday's dunk most impressive was that it came with his right hand. (Farrakhan is left-handed.) He said he's able to do this because knee problems in high school put him in the habit of jumping off his right foot.

By Zach Berman  |  February 4, 2010; 11:22 AM ET
 
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