Michigan State shows off uniforms for Armed Forces Classic

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One of the season-opening games to be played in an unconventional locale on Friday is the Armed Forces Classic, which involves Michigan State and Connecticut at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

On Sunday Michigan State revealed their special uniforms for the game, which are of the camouflage variety and similar to the jerseys they wore in their game against North Carolina last season.

In addition to the jerseys being camouflage the players’ shoes (laces as well) and socks will be as well.

“I think our players appreciate it,” said head coach Tom Izzo. “We wore them as a tryout today in practice. They look sharp, they feel sharp…hopefully now we’ll play sharp.”

The players were able to work out in the uniforms on Sunday, and they all voiced their approval of the apparel they weren’t allowed to see beforehand.

“We really look like some Army soldiers out here, honestly,” said forward Alex Gauna. “The pattern and everything is so sweet. I really can’t get over how [they look].”

Sophomore guard Keith Appling noted the shoes and the laces, perks the Spartans didn’t receive for the game on the USS Carl Vinson against North Carolina.

As fate should have it all eight teams playing in the four games put together to pay tribute to the military (Ohio State/Marquette, Florida/Georgetown and Syracuse/San Diego State are the other games) are sponsored by Nike and will wear special jerseys.

Photo credit: Michigan State University

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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.