BLOOMINGTON, Ind. The Indiana mens and womens basketball teams will officially tip off the 2003-04 season with Midnight Madness festivities Oct. 17 at Assembly Hall. Doors open to the public at 10:45 p.m., and the cost of admission is one canned food item. All admission proceeds benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank. IU fans will also have the opportunity to purchase 2003-04 Hoosier womens basketball season tickets.
When IU fans enter the door, they will have the opportunity to purchase a Student Athletic Advisory Committee raffle ticket. Should their ticket be drawn between 11:15 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., 10 lucky fans and their guest will get to experience Midnight Madness from court level. All raffle proceeds benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank to offset their operational costs.
Indianas Student Athletic Board will select four male fans and four female fans to participate in a three-point shooting contest. Each contestant will have 45 seconds to make as many three-pointers, from five designated spots on the floor, as possible. Each three-pointer made counts as one point. The top two male and female shooters will advance to the semifinals, where the scores revert back to zero after each round. At the conclusion of the semifinals, the top female and male shooters will be the champions, and those two will have 30 seconds to compete head-to-head for the overall title. The male and female champions will each receive two tickets to a future mens basketball game and womens basketball game.
At 12:01 a.m., the Hoosier mens and womens teams will be introduced to the crowd as they take the floor. Indiana womens coach Kathi Bennett and mens coach Mike Davis each enter their fourth season at the helm of their respective programs, and both clubs have high aspirations this winter. The Hoosier women led the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense and three-point field goal percentage defense in 2002-03, as junior Jenny DeMuth and sophomores Angela Hawkins and 2003 All-Big Ten freshman selection Cyndi Valentin will lead the Indiana attack. For the men, sophomore All-American and Wooden Award candidate Bracey Wright headlines one of the nations premier backcourts. In addition to facing 2003 NCAA Tournament teams in six of its first eight non-league games, the Indiana men will also play four league opponents that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The Slam Dunk Contest is the first contest of the evening. Four mens players will compete in the dunk contest. Each dunk will have a maximum score of 50 points (five judges awarding up to 10 points each. Each player has two dunks in the first round, and the best score of the two will count. The two highest scoring contestants advance to the finals. In the finals, each competitior has two dunks, and the highest combined score wins the contest.
The Spot Shot Contest follows the Slam Dunk Contest. Six two-person teams, consisting of one mens player and one womens player, will have 45 seconds to score as many points as possible. There will be one-point, two-point, and three-point shots designated on the floor, as two teams will compete at the same time on opposite ends of the court. The two teams with the highest point total advance, and the two advancing teams compete one final time to determine the overall champion.
The Three-Point Shooting Contestis the third contest at Midnight Madness. Six mens and six womens competitors will each have 45 seconds to make as many treys as possible from five designated points around the three-point arc. The top two men and top two women will go head-to-head to determine the male and female champion, and the male and female champions will go head-to-head to determine the overall winner.
The mens team concludes festivities with a 15-minute scrimmage.