By Mark Coogan
Tonight, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. the Beloit College men’s and women’s basketball teams will be hosting the second annual Midnight Madness event in Flood Arena. For those unfamiliar with Midnight Madness, it is typically an event held at schools across the country to kick oﬀ the beginning of basketball season at midnight of the ﬁrst day that the NCAA allows teams to practice. Since the ﬁrst day of practice was scheduled for the ﬁrst day of fall break this year, the basketball teams, along with the Beloit Student Athlete Advisory Committee, are hosting the event tonight at 9 p.m. We cannot stress enough that this event starts at 9 p.m. NOT MIDNIGHT.
The event will feature a co-ed three-point shooting contest, a dunk contest, a fan and player shoot-oﬀ, a ten minute intra-squad scrimmage for the men’s team and prizes and giveaways for fans throughout the night. BSAAC president Kenny Andejeski ‘12 is very excited for the event.
“It should be a really fun time for everyone involved. It gives the fans a chance to interact with the players before the season starts and get a glimpse of what to expect this year. It also gives the players a chance to show oﬀ some of what they have been working on for the past two weeks,” Andejeski said. “The ﬁrst 100 fans through the door will receive free Midnight Madness t-shirts. And, who doesn’t like free clothes?”
The women’s team opens their schedule at home against Concordia University on Nov. 15 while the men’s team begins their season Nov. 18 at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. Both teams really look forward to putting on a show for the fans at Midnight Madness tonight and throughout their seasons.
“We’ve been putting in a lot of work in practice so far and it’s going to be a lot of fun to be able to give our fans and fellow classmates a sneak peak of what they can expect from us this year,” said David Bremner‘12.
Students must bring a valid student ID to attend the festivities.