Marble's dunk against Minnesota nominated for play of the year

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 14, 2012 6:30 AM

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Devyn Marble's dunk over Minnesota's Ralph Sampson III on Feb. 1 earned him a nomination for Geico Play of the Year, Intersport announced on Monday.

Marble's powerful one-handed jam — which came with 1:43 left in Iowa's eventual 63-59 win over Minnesota — earned the Iowa sophomore the No. 9 spot on the "SportsCenter" Top Plays that night.

Four plays will be nominated each week for eight weeks, with each week's winner determined by fan voting at facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball. The eight winning plays will compete in a weeklong competition to determine the Play of the Year, with the winner announced on March 25 at noon on CBS.

Marble's dunk is up against three other plays from the same week: a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Northern Iowa's Anthony James, an alley-oop dunk from Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr., and a reverse alley-oop by Jared Cunningham of Oregon State.

Voting opened Monday; it will close at 10:59 a.m. Feb. 20.

— by Jordan Garretson

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