The Beginning of Basketball is Near
Sept. 30, 2011
CHICAGO - The annual kick-off to the college basketball season takes a place Friday, Oct. 14 at McGrath-Phillips Arena as the DePaul men's and women's basketball teams host Blue Madness. A full day of events are scheduled in Lincoln Park with one lucky student winning a trip to the BIG EAST Championship in New York.
Blue Madness starts at 9 p.m. on Friday night but the day gets started at 3 p.m. with a women's soccer match against Villanova followed by DePaul volleyball against Notre Dame at 7 p.m. DePaul students that attend all three events will be entered into a contest with the winner getting a trip for two with the DePaul spirit team to the BIG EAST Championships. The trip includes airfare, accommodations and tickets. The event features dunk contests, three-point shootouts and scrimmages for both the men's and women's teams.
Chicago's B96 (96.3 FM) will be at DePaul for Blue Madness starting at 5 p.m. with Showbiz Shelly hosting a remote and the B96 promo team out and about around the Lincoln Park campus. On-air personalities Stylz and J-Niice hit the floor with the men's and women's basketball teams to ring in the new seasons for Blue Madness at 9 p.m. following the DePaul-Notre Dame volleyball match.
Season tickets, group packages and mini-plans are on sale for the 2011-2012 basketball seasons. Both teams kick off their seasons on Friday, Nov. 11 with a tripleheader at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The women's team hosts the Maggie Dixon Classic and play Saint Mary's at 6 p.m. followed by the men's team against UT-Pan American at 8 p.m. The first game of the Maggie Dixon Classic is at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 between Samford and Montana.