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Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall honored by NABC

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While the season did not end the way he wanted it to, the accolades continue to roll in for Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall.

Marshall, whose Shockers finished the season with a 35-1 record, was named UPS Division I National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Marshall has now coaches seven seasons at Wichita State, winning 174 games and boasting a winning percentage of 71%. Also a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year award, Marshall has already been named national Coach of the Year by the USBWA.

Wichita State became the first team to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated since UNLV did so in 1991, with their season coming to an end with a two-point loss to No. 8 Kentucky in the round of 32. Since that result the Wildcats have gone on to reach the Final Four, beating two other 2013 Final Four participants (Louisville and Michigan) in the Midwest regional.

Also honored by the NABC were Kim Anderson, who led his Central Missouri team to a Division II national title, and Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Pat Miller.

Like Anderson Miller’s team won a national title (Division III), with a Quardell Young layup with nine tenths of a second remaining giving the Warhawks a 75-73 win over Williams College in the title game.

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.