The NCAA tournament returns to Madison Square Garden in 2014

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Earlier today, Raphielle Johnson brought you the news that the First Four would remain in Dayton for the 2014 and 2015 NCAA tournaments.

The NCAA has since sent out the full release for the sites of the 2014 and 2015 NCAA tournaments, the most notable of which is Madison Square Garden. The Garden played host to 71 tournament games from 1943-1961, but there hasn’t been an NCAA tournament game in the World’s Most Famous Arena since. By the time March, 2014 rolls around, it will be 53 years between games.

Here is the full list of host sites:



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.