Midnight Madness Coming to Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon men's basketball team will open practice for the 2005-06 season with a national ESPNU telecast live from McArthur Court on Oct. 14, the network announced Thursday.

The Ducks will take the floor at 9 p.m. PDT (Midnight EDT), and will be featured for 60 minutes. Commentators Rich Cellini and Bob Wenzel will anchor ESPNU's coverage from Eugene. This will be the first time since 1997 that Midnight Madness will be aired on the ESPN family of networks.

Oregon is one of only five schools nationally -- and the only one West of the Rocky Mountains -- selected for a Midnight Madness telecast. The other four are Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Michigan State.

Admission to the event will be free, and Midnight Madness will also coincide with the distribution of official Pit Crew T-shirts to University of Oregon students.

More details on the specifics of the night's entertainment and announcements regarding when doors will open and when T-shirts will be distributed will be released in the days leading up to Oct. 14.

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