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Report: Jimmy Patsos is the new head coach at Siena

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According to Mark Singelais of the Times Union, Jimmy Patsos has been hired as the new head coach at Siena.

Patsos joins the Saints from Loyola (MD), where he spent the past nine seasons after more than a decade on Gary Williams’ staff at Maryland.

Patsos took over a program that was decimated and led the Greyhounds to the NCAA tournament last season. They participated in the CIT this year. But with Loyola heading to the Patriot League next year, Patsos wanted to stay in the MAAC.

Patsos beat out a number quality candidates for the job, including Andy Toole from Robert Morris and VCU assistant Mike Rhoades. Why is Siena such a sought-after job? There’s a passionate fan base that fills up their arena and an athletic department that cares about being good at basketball. That’s important when you’re playing at the mid-major level, and a major reason why the Saints have been rumored to be headed to a number of different conferences in realignment.

Patsos was hired to replace Mitch Buonaguro, who won just 35 games in his three-year tenure at Siena.

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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.