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Mark Gottfried jumped out of a plane to get to Primetime with the Pack (VIDEO)

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I’m really enjoying this new trend of college basketball coaches trying to one-up each other to find the most impressive way to enter their team’s Midnight Madness celebration.

Jerod Haase took a helicopter. Tom Izzo got shot out of a cannon.

And Mark Gottfried?

Well, he jumped out of a plane.

Awesome. I’m actually wildly jealous.

(h/t Nordy)

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.