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College dunk contest, 3-point shootout to be held at Target Center

Ex-Gopher Rachel Banham won the 3-point shootout in 2016.
Rachel Banham

Former Gophers star Rachel Banham won the 3-point shootout in 2016. 

In addition to Minneapolis hosting the NCAA men's basketball Final Four at U.S. Bank Stadium in April, the college slam dunk and 3-point contests will be taking place at Target Center. 

The events are scheduled to begin Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m. inside the home of the Timberwolves and Lynx. It'll feature 24 seniors who are considered the country's best dunkers and 3-point shooters in men's and women's college basketball. 

The winner of the men's 3-point contest will face the winner of the women's 3-point contest to decide the ultimate champion. 

Tickets prices start at $15 and go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. Fans can buy them at CollegeSlam.com, TargetCenter.com/CollegeSlam or the Target Center box office.

Specific participants in this year's contests will be announced at a later date, but past participants have included players who went on to star in the NBA and WNBA, including Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Bobby Hurley, Michael Finley, Allan Houston, Wesley Matthews, Yogi Ferrell, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Gearlds, Kristi Toliver, Tiffany Hayes and Ariel Atkins.

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