Kennesaw State head coach Lewis Preston takes leave of absence

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The start of the 2013-14 season has been a tough one for the Kennesaw State Owls, as they currently have a record of 3-12 and have lost seven straight games ahead of their Atlantic Sun home opener against East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon. Things got a little tougher on Thursday afternoon, as the school announced that head coach Lewis Preston will take a temporary leave of absence for “medical and personal reasons.”

Preston, who is in his third season as the head coach at Kennesaw State, spent three seasons on Ed DeChellis’ staff at Penn State prior to being hired by the Atlantic Sun school. According to the release associate head coach Jimmy Lallathin will assume the head coaching duties in Preston’s absence. In regards to when Preston could rejoin the program, no timetable was given.

Of Kennesaw State’s three wins only one came against a Division I opponent, as they beat Chattanooga 73-69 on November 19. All seven defeats in the team’s current losing streak have been by double digits, with the closest margin being 17 points (losses to Kent State and Georgia Tech).

h/t CBS Sports

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.