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Andy Wittry | | September 25, 2018

College basketball's midnight madness events: Dates, times, TV schedule

Duke basketball's Countdown to Craziness Duke celebrates at its midnight madness.

We're days away from what many college basketball fans might consider the start of the basketball season and that's the first wave of midnight madness events that take place across the country. While most schools have moved away from holding the events at midnight, which received their name as they used to be held at midnight on the first official day of practice, they're nonetheless still a huge deal for prominent basketball programs across the country.

They're essentially a practice mixed with a pep rally, usually including a combination of player introductions, an open-to-the-public intrasquad scrimmage, a dunk contest, a three-point contest and often a musical act, choreographed dance routine or skit.

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Notable moments from past midnight madness events include:

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo has shown up dressed as Iron Man, a KISS guitarist and an IndyCar driver. He was once "shot out of a cannon."

Drake – yes, that Drake – famously airballed a jumper while taking part in the Kentucky layup line in 2014.

There have been musical acts at Kansas from artists like Lil Yachty and Tech N9ne.

Here is the ultimate guide for this year's notable midnight madness events. For each school, we included a video from last season to give you a taste of what's in store for each program's version of midnight madness.


Event: Countdown to Craziness

Date/Time: 7 p.m. ET on Friday, October 19


  • F Zion Williamson
  • F Cam Reddish
  • G Tre Jones
  • F R.J. Barrett
  • F Joey Baker

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Event: Kraziness in the Kennel

Date/Time: Saturday, October 6

Watch/Listen: Gonzaga IMG Radio Network


  • F Filip Petrusev
  • G Greg Foster Jr.


Event: Hoosier Hysteria

Date/Time: 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 29



  • G Romeo Langford
  • F Jake Forrester
  • G Rob Phinisee
  • F Jerome Hunter
  • F Damezi Anderson
  • F Evan Fitzner


Event: Late Night in the Phog

Date/Time: 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, September 28

Watch/Listen: WatchESPN


  • G Quentin Grimes
  • G Elijah Elliott
  • G Devon Dotson
  • G Garrett Luinstra
  • G Ochai Agbaji
  • F David McCormack


Event: Big Blue Madness

Date/Time: 7 p.m. ET on Friday, October 12

Watch/Listen: SEC Network, UK Sports Network


  • G Ashton Hagans
  • G Keldon Johnson
  • G Immanuel Quickley
  • G Tyler Herro
  • F Reid Travis
  • F EJ Montgomery

Michigan State

Event: Michigan State Madness

Date/Time: 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, October 5


  • G Foster Loyer
  • F Aaron Henry
  • F Gabe Brown
  • F Thomas Kithier
  • F Marcus Bingham Jr.

North Carolina

Event: Late Night with Roy

Date/Time: 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, October 12

Watch/Listen: TUNEIN


  • G Rechon Black
  • G Coby White
  • F Nassir Little

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