Mason Madness Launches Start of Basketball Season

Posted: October 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

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Mason’s Intercollegiate Athletics will present its annual rite of fall, Mason Madness, on Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Patriot Center. The doors will open at 9 p.m. and the event is free and open to the public. The event is a highlight of Family Weekend.

Since 1970, when former University of Maryland coach Lefty Driesell came up with the idea to start basketball practice at the earliest time NCAA regulations allowed, Midnight Madness has evolved at schools across the country. An NCAA rule change means teams can begin practicing before midnight.

Mason Madness is celebrating its 11th anniversary on the Fairfax Campus.

Traditionally, various groups entertain fans with competitions and performances. At 9 p.m. as fans enter the Patriot Center, Sam Trocki will present an acoustic guitar performance. The Amazing Christopher will perform his world-renowned rendition of “YMCA” and more. The popular campus group UrbanKnowology will inspire the crowd with their act.

The Patriots cheerleaders, Masonettes, as well as Doc Nix and the Green Machine 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 basketball teams will be introduced to their fans for the first time this season, followed by short scrimmages and a three-point shooting contest.

One Mason student will win a trip for two to Orlando to cheer on the Patriots at the Old Spice Classic Men’s Basketball Tournament, Nov. 22-25. All you need to enter is a valid Mason student ID and proof that you’re a true Patriot. The winner will be chosen and announced during Mason Madness.

Also, the winner of the Homecoming logo contest will be announced and will receive a $200 check.

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