It began more than 40 years ago, and it will commence again in less than six weeks. College basketball’s “Midnight Madness” tipoff practice is a signature jump-start to the season for many of the nation’s top programs. But you don’t need to be an elite program to hold one. You just need caffeine to stay awake (though most events these days start well ahead of midnight).
Maryland head coach Lefty Driesell started the tradition back in 1971. The Terrapins began practice at 12:03 a.m. on October 15 with a 1.5-mile run, as approximately 3,000 fans surrounded the running track on campus.
Today, Midnight Madness has become an event, complete with celebrity appearances, music, contests and, of course, basketball. Here are 10 schools that do the madness in style: