Midnight Madness set for Sunday

Fans help welcome basketball season

By Mariah Powell
On October 12, 2012

     Come pump up the Ram and 'Belle basketball teams at Midnight Madness, Oct. 14, for their upcoming seasons.

     Rams' head coach Fred Rike said he is happy about how great of a job ASU does with coordinating Midnight Madness.

     "Our Midnight Madness is nicer than some of the Division one events," he said. "There is always a great student turn out."

     The men's team will open at home, Nov. 10, taking on Lubbock Christian.

     Rikes said this has been the best preseason in his five to six years of coaching at ASU.

     "I love my team," he said. "We are a young team and very teachable."

     Assistant Coach Stacey Duffell said the Belles have only been practicing individually but kick off team practice the Monday following Midnight Madness.

     "We are returning a great group of players and are looking forward to an exciting season within the LSC and a hunger to be better than last year," Duffell said. "Our strengths will be our experience with our offense and the growth and maturity of our team on the floor to help close out games."

     The 'Belles will host an exhibition game against Lubbock Christian Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

     Their season officially begins Nov. 13 against St. Edwards at 6 p.m. in the Stephens Arena.

     The doors to Midnight Madness open at 10:45 p.m. on Sunday.

     There will be free food and T-shirts to the first 250 people.

     Both teams will compete in a three-point shooting contest and the men's team will compete in a  dunk contest.

     There will be a prize for most spirited dressed fan and one fan will be given the opportunity to win $30,000 in a shooting competition.

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