While regular season games are still a little more than one month away, college basketball fans nationwide got a sneak peak of their teams for the upcoming season as Midnight Madness sweeps the nation with concerts, 2K tournaments and the first taste of basketball since April.
Kansas basketball held its annual Late Night in the Phog Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse as the 13-time defending Big 12 champion Jayhawks turned the page and started their 2016-17 season.
Fans began lining up outside of the arena as early as 10 a.m. Satuday morning, despite doors not opening until 4:30 p.m. Children waiting in line had the chance to shoot baskets and participate in other drills before doors opened to the general public while Kansas had projections screens displaying college football.
Prior to the Kansas team taking the floor, there was a 3v3 tournament, $10,000 half-court shot opportunities and a concert featuring rapper Lil Yachty.
Welcome to the 33rd Late Night in the Phog...College Hoops' premier preseason event. From dances to $10K shot chances, nobody does it better pic.twitter.com/avxcQHjNUc
— Brian Hanni (@BHanni) September 30, 2017
Former Jayhawk Mario Chalmers made an appearance at the Phog. Chalmers' game-tying 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining in the 2008 national championship sent the game to overtime before Kansas held on to defeat Memphis 75-68.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) October 1, 2017
Saturday night's event concluded with an intrasquad scrimmage that ended in a 45-45 tie after Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman, who sat out the 2016-17 season, drilled a 3-pointer as time expired.
The Jayhawks' regular season opener is Nov. 10 against Tennessee Tech at Allen Fieldhouse.