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Report: Anthony Evans to accept coaching job at Florida International

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Norfolk State head coach Anthony Evans will accept the head coaching position at Florida International, according to a report from The Virginian-Pilot.

Evans will be replacing Richard Pitino, who accepted the head coaching position vacated by Tubby Smith at Minnesota.

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Evans has been at Norfolk State for a decade, the past six years as the head coach. The last two seasons, however, were by far the best of his career. In 2012, he rode the broad shoulders of Kyle O’Quinn to the automatic bid out of the MEAC, where he led NSU to an upset of No. 2 Missouri in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. This past season, he led the Spartans to a 16-0 record in MEAC play, but the Spartans were upset in the opening round of the league tournament.

FIU went 18-14 last season in the Sun Belt, but they’ll be moving to Conference USA next year.

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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.