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Midnight Mania 2000 to Tip-Off Basketball Season for Tulsa Teams

Senior Marcus Hill and the Hurricane open practice at midnight on Oct. 13th.
Senior Marcus Hill and the Hurricane open practice at midnight on Oct. 13th.
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Oct. 6, 2000

Live Chat With Coach Peterson!
(Fri., Oct. 13 - 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET)

The University of Tulsa men's basketball team, coming off a school-best 32-5 season and appearance in the NCAA South Regional Finals, will return to the court on Friday night, Oct. 13, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Midnight Mania 2000.

The much-anticipated return to the court of the men's basketball team, led by first-year head coach Buzz Peterson, will take place at midnight, the earliest that basketball team's across the nation can begin practicing for the 2000-01 season. Under the coaching of Kathy McConnell-Miller, the Tulsa women's team will also join in on the action.

The doors will open at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, and festivities will begin shortly thereafter. Contests for fans -- $10,000 shooting contests, 3-point fan shootout , lucky numbers, free throw contests and much more -- and numerous prizes will be awarded before the TU teams take the court at 12 midnight. Special season introduction highlight videos of each team will be shown.

Both teams will scrimmage. There is no admission fee.

Schedule of Events

10:30 pm Gates open
11:00 pm Start clock at 60:00
11:15-11:35 Festivities begin
  1. $10,000 contest for students
  2. Fan shooting contest (Southwest Airlines tickets)
  3. Student shooting contest
  4. $10,000 contest for students
  5. Dinner coupon give-a-way
11:35 Band starts playing
11:42 Cheer/Dance routine
11:46 Lights out
11:47 Women's B-Ball highlight video
11:50 Women's team introduction
11:57 Men's Highlight video
12:00 am men's team introduction
12:05 men's team drills/scrimmage
12:20 women's team drill/scrimmage
12:35 Coach McConnell-Miller addresses crowd
12:40 Coach Peterson addresses crowd