ESPNU to Broadcast Mason Madness on October 13th

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Join the men's and women's basketball teams at Mason Madness
Join the men's and women's basketball teams at Mason Madness

Sept. 29, 2006

Fairfax, Va--George Mason University's Intercollegiate Athletics will present its annual rite of fall, Mason Madness on Friday, Oct. 13, beginning at 10:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center. ESPNU will be at this year's event tabbed The BIG DANCE Party to tip-off the beginning of the 2006-07 Patriots basketball campaigns.

ESPN commentators Bob Wenzel and Jon Sciambi will be the broadcast team on hand providing fans across the country action from the Patriot Center. The University of North Carolina and Indiana University are the other two schools selected to participate in ESPNU's Midnight Madness, which will be aired that evening from 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Mason Madness is celebrating its tenth anniversary of the event on the Fairfax campus. Since 1970, when former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell came up with the idea to start basketball practice at the earliest time NCAA regulations allowed, Midnight Madness evolved at schools across the country. An NCAA rules change means teams can begin practicing before midnight.

Traditionally, fans are entertained will competitions as well as performances by select entertainment groups. The Patriots cheerleaders, dance team and pep band will provide an atmosphere that will energize the crowd as George Mason ushers in the start of the new season. Patriots' players and coaches from the men's and women's teams will be introduced to their fans for the first time this season.

The doors will open at 10:00 p.m. and the event is FREE and open to the public. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details on the event.

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