It's just over a week away, and the excitement is building around the city and Mid-South region for Memphis Madness, the season's tip-off celebration for the Tigers men's and women's basketball programs. The event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at FedExForum.
Doors for Memphis Madness open at 5:30 p.m. (CT), and admission to the night's festivities is free. Memphis Madness parking at FedExForum is $5.
All areas - with the exception of a few certain Plaza Level sections - are general admission, and seats can be claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The reserved sections are for the pep band, students, players' families and event sponsors.
When the doors open at 5:30 p.m. (CT), fans can either mingle in FedExForum's plaza area listening to K97 FM's Devin Steel spin some tunes or move on into the arena and watch head coach Melissa McFerrin's squad hold its practice.
The men's hoops team's autograph session is slated to begin at 6:45 p.m. (CT), with the on-the-court festivities to start at 7:30 p.m. (CT) with the women's squad introductions. A celebration of Tigers basketball will follow at 7:45 p.m. (CT).
Shortly after 8 p.m. (CT), the Tigers will be introduced. Following the introductions, the Memphis men's team will hold three-point shooting and dunk contests.
During the event, fans will have the opportunity to win several prizes, including a 2012 Ford-150 (courtesy of Memphis area Ford Dealers) and an all-expenses paid trip to The Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Other prizes are two $500 City Gear shopping sprees, Taco Bell for a year, Wing Stop for a year, a Nintendo Wii (courtesy of Blue Cross/Blue Shield) and other prizes from Ashley Furniture.
The following is an abbreviated list of the night's events:
2012 Memphis Madness Timeline (all times Central; times are approximate)
5:30 p.m. - Doors Open/Women's Hoops Practice on Court/K97 FM's Devin Steel on plaza
6:45 p.m. - Men's Basketball Autograph Session
7:30 p.m. - Women's Basketball Player Introductions
7:45 p.m. - Celebration of Tigers Hoops
8:10 p.m. - Men's Basketball Player Introductions
8:47 p.m. - Three-Point Shooting Contest
9:10 p.m. - Dunk Contest