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The Secondary Break: Tuesday’s Links

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Kansas announces donor for basketball players’ apartments (Kansas City Star)
Some of the nation’s richest college basketball programs have taken strides in recent years to make sure that their players have everything they need right at the fingertips. Usually that focuses on where the team trains, with practice facilities seemingly being built every year. However for some programs, such as Kansas, that has also meant upgrading where the players live.

Georgetown forward Nate Lubick has eclectic musical taste (USA Today)
When you ask most college basketball players what they’re listening to, be it to get ready for a game or away from the court, you tend to get the same general answers. That isn’t the case for Georgetown senior forward Nate Lubick, who was raised in a musical family and spends more time listening to genres such as jazz.

Challenging week ahead for Valparaiso men’s basketball team (NW Times)
Green Bay has already wrapped up the top seed in next week’s Horizon League tournament, but there’s still much to be decided when it comes to seeding. The most important matter: figuring out which team will earn the two-seed, thereby earning a double bye to the semifinals. Valparaiso is one of the teams in the running, but they’ll have their work cut out for them with games against Wright State and Cleveland State.

How one-and-dones fit into college basketball history (Sports on Earth)
Players who seem destined to be a part of June’s NBA Draft will figure prominently in the race for the national title this season. Kansas has two such players in Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, with both having figured prominently on a team that has now won ten straight Big 12 titles. So how do all of these players fit into the history of college basketball? Here’s one look at it.

DePaul’s foundering ship has been no better under Oliver Purnell (Chicago Sun-Times)
When Oliver Purnell was hired to replace Jerry Wainright as head coach at DePaul, Purnell’s history of success in rebuilding moribund programs was cited as a reason for the move. Unfortunately for Purnell and his employer things haven’t worked out as they would have hoped, and some of the natives are getting restless as a result.

Ken Bone hasn’t been able to make his plan work at Washington State (Seattle Times)
Washington State head coach Ken Bone has also run into trouble, with his Cougars in danger of finishing last in the Pac-12 for the third time in his five seasons in Pullman. This season hasn’t been a smooth one either, with Danny Lawhorn leaving the team before practice began and DaVonte Lacy missing time for health reasons.

UConn running out of time to redefine itself (Hartford Courant)
After dropping a 64-55 decision to SMU at home on Sunday, UConn finds itself running out of the time needed to get things in order ahead of the conference tournament. And with that result comes the realization that they’ll likely end up in the 4/5 games in the American Athletic Conference tournament, which will make for a tougher road to the league’s automatic bid.

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

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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.