CHICAGO, IL - Intersport, producers of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, today announced first round voting for the 2015 State Farm Dark Horse Dunker competition is now open through Feb. 18.
The 16-player field is stocked with under-the-radar players who possess the power, creativity and hops to compete against college basketball's stars in the College Slam Dunk Championship. Fans will determine the winner by voting daily at DarkHorseDunker.com throughout the four-week competition.
"Over its 26 editions, the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships have become the benchmark for skills events," said Drew Russell, vice president of Owned Properties at Intersport. "Through the first four years of the program, the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker winner has gone on to win the College Slam Dunk Championship three times. This fan element has really added electricity to the whole event."
The State Farm Dark Horse Dunker is a bracket-style elimination competition. Opening round voting is open for one week and features eight head-to-head matchups. Winners will be announced Feb. 18 when Round Two opens. Voting for Round Two, the semi-finals and the finals also will be open one week each. The champion will be announced March 11 at DarkHorseDunker.com and will travel to Indianapolis to compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, which airs April 2 live on ESPN.
The Round One matchups are:
LeShaun Murphy (Auburn University at Montgomery) vs. Jevoni Robinson (Barry University)
James Sinclair (Western Carolina University) vs. Chrishawn Hopkins (Wright State University)
Brandon Peters (Talladega College) vs. Deshawn Delaney (University of New Mexico)
Antjuan Ball (West Texas A&M University) vs. Evan Pannell (College of Wooster)
John Jordan (Texas A&M - Corpus Christi) vs. Malcolm Miller (College of the Holy Cross)
Kendall Hargrove (University of Mount Olive) vs. Andrew Smith (Liberty University)
Javonte Green (Radford University) vs. Kevin Blake (Elon University)
Davene Carter (Tarleton State University) vs. Jaylon Moore (University of Evansville)
Previous State Farm Dark Horse Dunker winners include Marcus Lewis (Eastern Kentucky University) in 2014, Corey Law (High Point University) in 2013, James Justice (Martin Methodist College) in 2012, and Jacob Tucker (Illinois College) in 2011. Lewis, Justice and Tucker all went on to win the College Slam Dunk Championship.