Myck Kabongo fought through some persistent lower back pain to play 15 minutes for Texas on Wednesday night in an 82-63 loss at North Carolina.
Afterwards, though, it was a different type of pain that Kabongo and fellow Longorn freshman guard Julien Lewis shared.
Both were victimized by poster-worthy transition dunks as the Tar Heels raced out to an early lead, then held Texas at arm's length the rest of the night.
Kabongo was thrown on by Dexter Strickland, while Lewis got put on the deck by P.J. Hairston. Both were equally impressive, molding into a combined nominee for the Dunk of the Year.
The reason for the shared nomination? Aside from the fact that they came in the same game — heck, the same half — it's simply too tough to decide whose throw-down was better.
Poor Kabongo was in a no-win situation when it came to Strickland's dunk, as he was stuck as the lone defender in a dangerous 2-on-1 situation. On the one side, the ball was being brought up by 6-foot-8 Harr...