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Oregon ready for new year

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Eugene, Oregon is a hopping spot this weekend as ESPN’s College Game Day is in town for the Ducks football game against Arizona State. Across the river at Matthew Knight Arena, the fans packed into one of the nicest arena’s in America to see a new breed of Ducks start the season off. Continue reading

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Midnight Madness #Dunkage from the freshmen firm of Drummond & Boatright

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

So how does Andre Drummond, one of the top five college freshmen in America, spend his first night in college basketball? Easy. He’s bending rims in Storrs. The UConn Huskies opened the season off with their version of Midnight Madness and the big man stole the show. Continue reading

Head over heels Midnight Madness #Dunkage

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

New Mexico guard Jamal Fenton mixed gymnastics with hoops on Friday night at The Pit. He went for a back flip into a dunk. Oh, and he’s 5-foot-9.

“We had to end it after that,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford told the Albuquerque Journal. “What else could you do after that dunk? That’s Youtube stuff.”

Yes it is, Steve. Yes it is.

The Midnight Madness that you don’t know about

15 Oct

Junior college teams like Dodge City pack into passenger vans for long drives when other programs are celebrating the start of practice. (PHOTO: Bobby Sibley)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Hardcore college basketball fans stayed up late into the night for a peek at their favorite programs on Friday night. Others will gather over the weekend to see concerts, dunk contests, fireworks and dance routines from their favorite programs.

Some are extravagant. Other Midnight Madness events are scaled down. Some teams just practice.

Then there are those college teams that are already playing quietly in empty gyms with part-time air conditioners. Continue reading

Tom Izzo, fighter pilot; Draymond Green, ambassador

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Michigan State never disappoints with Midnight Madness. In fact, I’d argue that the Spartans are the gold standard these days for tipping the season off right.

Tom Izzo has shown up as a Gladiator. He’s repelled to center court from the ceiling. He has driven out in a car. This year he came out in a fight jet. Well, a mini-fighter jet.

Here’s a peek into what was happening in East Lansing on Friday night. Continue reading

Fist pump and run

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The Mark Turgeon era at Maryland officially started on Friday night with, what else, a Gary Williams appearance.

Hey, why not?

The locals that cover the team didn’t know Williams was going to be there. Few new, judging by the sound of the ovation Williams received. The long-time Terp coach gave a fist pump and talked about how strange he felt not coaching this time of year for the first time in 43 years. Continue reading

Mom, I’m gonna dunk on you

15 Oct

Midnight Madness is collection of the wacky, the woeful, the wonderful, the over-hyped and the understated.

File Wagner’s Josh Thompson’s dunk over his mother under the wacky and wonderful category.

Josh’s mother wasn’t touched, so nice work there. There had to be points deducted, however, for no one checking on his mother. (Sue me, I’m a harsh judge.) Credit Wagner for landing Mr. Chocolate Thunder himself, Darryl Dawkins, to be a judge in the dunk contest.

(h/t The Dagger’s Jeff Eisenberg)