Memphis Madness Slated for Oct. 15
Sept. 29, 2000
MEMPHIS, TENN. - There will be a new take on the traditional "Midnight Madness" that surrounds the start of the men's and women's basketball season. At the U of M, Tiger fans can bring the kids out and tuck them in bed early after Memphis Madness which will run, Sunday, Oct. 15 from 5-8 p.m. at The Pyramid.
Memphis Madness festivities will include many contest and prizes for all ages. U of M students will also have the opportunity to try for a shot at winning free tuition for a year, which is funded by men's basketball coach John Calipari. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the event that will feature Dick Vitale as well as both the men's and women's basketball teams. Both teams will be introduced individually at 7 p.m.
There will be plenty of things to keep Memphis' youngest fans entertained as there will be an interactive area on the concourse of The Pyramid that will feature shooting contests as well as face painting. The U of M's pom-pon squad and pep band will perform throughout the evening, and both coach Calipari and Lady Tiger coach Joye Lee-McNelis will address the crowd. The Lady Tigers will sign autographs for their fans on the concourse.
Other festivities include a 3-on-3 basketball contest and a Dick Vitale Sound-A-Like contest, which is sponsored by WMC-AM 790. Fans will have their first chance to catch the Tigers in action that evening at 7:20 p.m. when the men's team will scrimmage.
WREG-TV will broadcast the event from 6-8 p.m. and WMC-AM790 will provide live coverage as well. Memphis Madness will kick off the start of Homecoming Week, and there will be additional student-organized contests for Homecoming "points."
Any U of M student who is interested in signing up for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament should contact the Tiger basketball office at 678-2346 or see assistant coach Derek Kellogg on the second floor of the Athletic Office Building. There will be a women's division and a men's division. The women's tournament will be played on Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. and the men's tournament will be played on Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. Both tournaments will be played at the Finch Center on campus, with the finals to be played at The Pyramid. Only the first 32 teams to register will be accepted.