Georgia‚Äôs basketball teams will tip off practices this year with a Midnight Madness-type event.
The 2012-13 versions of Mark Fox‚Äôs men‚Äôs hoops team and Andy Landers‚Äô women‚Äôs team will be unveiled in ‚ÄúBasketBASH‚Äù on Friday Oct. 12 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Stegeman Coliseum.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs something that we‚Äôre going to give it a go,‚Äù athletic director Greg McGarity said this afternoon. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just a little different. I know that the coaches expressed an interest in doing something‚Äîlet‚Äôs take a chance here. ‚Ä¶Mark was in here just a few minutes ago. I know he‚Äôs excited about it.‚Äù
The men‚Äôs basketball team last held such an event at the start of the 2002-03 season, Jim Harrick‚Äôs last as Bulldogs coach.
The Georgia men went 15-17 last season. The women were 22-9 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not coming off great seasons, but it‚Äôs just a way that we can maybe drum up some excitement,‚Äù McGarity said. ‚ÄúIt is the open weekend.‚Äù
Georgia‚Äôs football team has a bye that weekend.
Basketball players will be available for autographs between 7-8 p.m. and the teams will hold an informal public practice to follow.
The event is free. There will be prize giveaways, face painting and inflatables for the kids.
Among schools also holding events that night as practices begin: Kentucky, N.C. State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Georgetown, Maryland, Baylor and Kansas.
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