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Fresno State loses one player, gets another back, and beats UNLV

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Fresno State made noise on Wednesday night when they knocked off UNLV at home, throwing the Mountain West race into a frenzy.

But there was much more to the 64-55 win than a simple upset.

The Bulldogs played without star freshman Robert Upshaw, who has been suspended by the university for three games following a violation of team rules. Upshaw was averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 boards this season.

The personnel news wasn’t all bad for the Bulldogs, however.

Kansas transfer Braeden Anderson, who was a partial qualifier with the Jayhawks and ineligible for the first 20 games of the season, played his first collegiate basketball game. He finished with no points and two boards in 12 minutes, but he’s back in the mix.

We knew that Fresno State was a season away from being relevant, especially with Oklahoma State transfer Cezar Guerrero sitting out this season, but this is just a glimpse of how good that Rodney Terry’s team can be in the future.

You can find Rob 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

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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.