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Michigan State AD floats idea of game at Pearl Harbor

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Mark Hollis is widely considered one of the most forward-thinking athletic directors in the country, and rightfully so.

Have you noticed that Michigan State always seems to be involved in those cool, unique, early-season events? The Champions Classic, the Carrier Classic, the Armed Forces Classic against UConn in Germany? Well, that is directly attributable to Hollis, because he’s the brain-child of quite a few of these events. He’s one of the masterminds between the 16-team mega-tournament to be held in 2017, and he’s also pushed for a game between USC and Michigan State — the Spartans and the Trojans — in Greece.

His latest idea?

A game in Pearl Harbor.


Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Thursday he would like the Spartans to play a future basketball game at Pearl Harbor.

Playing at the historic site in Hawaii is an idea that has been “bantered around by a few folks” at Michigan State and ESPN, though no formal discussions have taken place while the Spartans prepare for their season opener at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, according to Hollis.

ESPN announced Wednesday the Armed Forces Classic would be a five-year series of Division I men’s basketball games played on military bases overseas beginning with the Nov. 9 opener between Michigan State and Connecticut.

“I think there are some great locations, and ESPN is such a good partner that we would be very open to participating to new and unique things,” Hollis said. “I think playing a game out at Pearl Harbor is something that would be intriguing.”

I’d like to volunteer my services to cover the event.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.