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No. 2 Villanova overcomes off-night to beat No. 15 Milwaukee

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It took a while, but eventually No. 2 Villanova pulled away from upset-minded Milwaukee, beating the Panthers 73-53.

The win will send the Wildcats to the Round of 32, where they will be squaring off with old Big East foe UConn, the No. 7 seed in the East Region. The Huskies survived overtime against No. 10 St. Joseph’s earlier tonight.

Darrun Hilliard led five players in double-figures with 16 points and Kris Jenkins added 11 off the bench, hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the second half. The rest of the Wildcats were 1-for-19 from beyond the arc.

That would have been a problem if Villanova was playing anyone else. You see, the Wildcats rely on the three-ball as much as any other team in the country, taking almost 45% of their field goal attempts from beyond the arc. The night’s when those threes aren’t going down are the nights that they can be beaten.

Jay Wright is certainly thankful that his team got their off-night out of the way before going up against Shabazz Napier.

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.