"Midnight with the Heels" is tonight!

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina's men's basketball season gets under way with a midnight practice tonight (Friday, October 12) at Carmichael Auditorium. "Midnight with the Tar Heels" is open to the general public and admission is free.

Head coach Matt Doherty and the 2001-02 Tar Heels will officially begin practice at midnight, but activities begin an hour earlier at 11 p.m. (following the conclusion of the volleyball match should it run past 11:00).

The festivities in Carmichael Auditorium will include a 4-on-4 basketball game between a team of UNC undergraduates and the Carolina coaching staff and former Tar Heel stars returning to Chapel Hill to serve as special guest coaches (Carolina All-Americas Brad Daugherty and Phil Ford, and by ESPN anchor Stuart Scott).

Also included will be an appearance by the 2001-02 UNC women's basketball team and a chance for students to win tuition, books and other free prizes.

The evening culminates with the introduction of the Carolina squad and the first practice of the 2001-02 season for the basketball team, featuring an intrasquad scrimmage.

Seating is limited, so spectators should arrive early. Admission is free and all seating will be general admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. Doors will be closed when Carmichael reaches its capacity of 10,000.

Also part of the evening's festivities will be Tar Heel women's soccer and volleyball games. The women's soccer team will face nationally-ranked Florida State at 7 p.m. at adjacent Fetzer Field and the volleyball team will square off with Kansas beginning at 9 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium.

General public parking will be available at the Smith Center, Boshamer Stadium, Ramshead (Ridge Road), Bell Tower (Raleigh Road) and Highway 54 parking lots.

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