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Nebraska sets Bone Marrow Awareness Day for Sunday

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The Nebraska basketball program is taking advantage of the NABC Suits and Sneakers weekend by teaming up with the American Cancer Society on Sunday when the Huskers host Minnesota in a Big Ten contest

Fans and students are encouraged to help the Huskers and the American Cancer Society in their ways to raise awareness for cancer research by dressing in a suit coat and sneakers for the Minnesota game.

The Big Ten Network’s LiveBIG’s promotion will also be going on and the university with the most students “suited up” over the weekend will receive a $10,000 donation to the school’s Relay for Life Initiative, which raises critical funds for cancer research.

Nebraska will also go a step further and have a Bone Marrow Donation awareness initiative for their students and fans on Sunday as well. Avery Harriman, the son of Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia when he was two years old. Avery underwent a bone marrow transplant last year, and is now leukemia free.

The Nebraska game against Minnesota is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

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.