HOOPS: Midnight Madness Tips off on Oct. 14th

In what has become one of the great traditions in Gator athletics, the University of Florida men's and women's basketball teams will tip-off the 2005-06 season on Oct. 14 with Madness 2005, presented by Alltel, at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Doors will open for the event at 9 p.m. with festivities beginning at 9:30 p.m. Storm Roberts of KTK will be the master of ceremonies.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive special Madness 2005 t-shirts, courtesy of GRU. University of Florida men's and women's basketball players will be available for autographs beginning at 9:30 p.m., while fans will see highlight videos of both squads, performances from the pep squad, cheerleaders and Dazzlers and a host of fan-friendly contests. Randomly selected fans will be able to take part in such contests as Dodge's Three-Point Thrills, where a contestant has a chance to win a Dodge vehicle valued at $45,000, GRU Lights Out where the winner takes home a GRU prize pack, the Alltel Free Service for All, where a contestant can take home an Alltel prize pack and the Red Baron Knockout, where contestants compete for a Red Baron prize pack.

The men's and women's squads will be introduced shortly before 11 p.m., a departure from previous years due to an NCAA ruling that allows schools to start practice prior to midnight. The women's squad will conduct a three-point shootout, while the men will hold their traditional slam dunk contest.

The men's team returns nine members from last year's 24-8 squad that won the SEC Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament for the seventh consecutive year, while the women's squad returns seven players from last year's team that reached the WNIT and adds one of the top incoming classes in the nation.

Madness 2005 Itinerary

9 p.m. Gates Open

§          GRU T-shirt Giveaway: the first 1,000 fans will receive t-shirts courtesy of GRU.

§          Basketball Posters and schedule cards distributed at each gate.

9:30 p.m. – Men's and Women's Basketball teams autograph session

10:30 p.m.

9:45 p.m. MBB/WBB Gator Videos (30 minutes)

10:18 p.m. Pep Band/Cheerleaders/Mascots

10:23 p.m. Dodge's Three Point Thrills Contest – One randomly selected contestant will attempt to sink five (5) three-point shots out of ten (10) attempts to win a new Dodge vehicle valued at $45,000!

10:25 p.m. GRU Lights Out - Two randomly selected contestants will dribble basketballs up and down the court. As they dribble down the court there are "tap lights" along the way. They must first turn on all the lights, once the reach the other end of the court they turn around and head back to the start line. They must turn off the tap lights as they dribble their way back to the start line. The winner will take home a GRU Prize Pack!


10:27 p.m. Dazzlers Routine


10:29 p.m. Alltel's Free Service Free for All – One (1) randomly selected fan will have forty-five (0:45) seconds to crawl on his/her hands and knees while being blindfolded searching for a new Alltel phone. Throughout the court, various prizes will be laid out. The contestant has the opportunity to take home a new phone and a year of free service courtesy of Alltel.


10:31 p.m. Red Baron's Knockout – Five (5) randomly selected fans will participate In a game of knockout. The shooter that makes the last basket wins a Red Baron Prize Pack!

10:33 p.m. MBB & WBB Highlight video shown

10:37 p.m. Dazzlers perform with men's and women's basketball players

10:40 p.m. Countdown to Madness

10:41 p.m. Women's Basketball team introductions

10:48 p.m. Women's Basketball 3-Point Shoot-Out

10:55 p.m. Men's Basketball team introductions

11:02 p.m. Men's Basketball Dunk Contest


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