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The Big 12/SEC Challenge schedule has been announced

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The SEC and Big 12 announced the formation of the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Tuesday afternoon with 10 games slated for the 2013-2014 season.

Both these leagues have been apart of interconference battles in previous seasons — the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series and the SEC/Big East Challenge — and will attempt to replicate the level of interest the ACC-Big Ten Challenge has created. All of the 10 games will be aired on ESPN. This event has the advantage of having Andrew Wiggins and Kansas as well as Kentucky’s heralded freshman class participating in the first-year event.

“The ability to showcase SEC basketball in this kind of conference competition makes this a unique and exciting event for our coaches, student-athletes and fans,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to work with the Big 12 and ESPN to highlight the sport of men’s basketball.”

The SEC has 14 members meaning

Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee will not be included in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Kentucky travels to Baylor on Friday, Dec. 6 looking to avenge a home-court loss to the Bears last season. The headlining game should be the following Tuesday with Florida hosting a freshman-heavy Kansas team.
The name will switch to the SEC/Big 12 Challenge for the 2014-2015 season.

Below is the schedule for the 2013 (rankings are based on updated preseason Top 25 rankings):

Texas Tech at Alabama — Thursday, November 14

Vanderbilt at Texas — Monday, December 2

Ole Miss at Kansas State; West Virginia at Missouri; TCU at Mississippi State — Thursday, December 5

South Carolina at No. 10 Oklahoma State; No. 1 Kentucky vs. Baylor (Arlington, Texas) — Friday, December 6

No. 5 Kansas at No. 7 Florida — Tuesday, December 10

Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma (Houston, Texas) — Saturday, December 21

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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.