Badger Sports Roundup

Men's cross country maintains No. 1 ranking; men's hoops schedules "Night of the Grateful Red"

Despite placing second at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday in Minneapolis, the University of Wisconsin men's cross country team retained the No. 1 ranking it has held all three weeks this season.

The Badgers received eight out of 16 first-place votes in the Monday MONDO NCAA Division I poll released Tuesday. With 467 points in the poll, UW holds a two-point edge on No. 2 Arkansas. The Razorbacks and No. 3 Colorado (the defending national champion) each have four first-place votes.

BYU, which won the Roy Griak, is No. 4 and Stanford is No. 5.

Other ranked Big Ten programs include No. 10 Iowa, No. 14 Michigan, No. 16 Ohio State, No. 19 Indiana, and No. 20 Minnesota.

"Night of the Grateful Red"

The Wisconsin men's basketball team's first official practice of the 2005-06 season will take place Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Kohl Center and will be open to the public. Admission is free for the event, which has been dubbed the "Night of the Grateful Red."

The evening practice is the result of an NCAA rules change that goes into effect this season allowing schools to opt out of the "midnight madness" events that had become prevalent throughout the country. In the past, practice began Oct. 15, and many schools ostensibly maximized the allotted time by tipping off their season at midnight.

UW coach Bo Ryan was never keen on midnight madness and has typically started practice the morning of Oct. 15 instead. The rule change allows schools to begin regular practice as early as 7 p.m. Oct. 14 this season.

A separate rule change has allowed men's basketball coaches to spend two hours a week with their full team prior to the start of formal practice, rather than being restricted to working with one player.

On Oct. 14 events will include interactive dunk contests, three-point shooting exhibitions and prize raffles. During the event, fans will have a chance to win numerous prizes, including tickets for a Kohl Center suite for a men's basketball game.

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