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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Texas A&M men's and women's basketball teams will officially tip off the 2011-12 season late Friday night with the annual "Maroon Madness", held in conjunction with Midnight Yell Practice at Kyle Field.
For the first time in the event's history, ESPN will be on hand to broadcast the festivities. Dave Armstrong and Carolyn Peck will be live inside Kyle Field to bring the action to fans across the country, providing a live look-in on ESPNU's "Midnight Madness" show prior to yell practice and then carrying Maroon Madness in its entirety live on es.pn/tamu-madness.
Gates will open at 10:30 p.m. A performance by the Aggie Dance Team and a video montage will precede yell practice. Then, immediately following yell, the men's and women's teams and coaching staffs will be introduced to the crowd. Other scheduled events include the presentation of the women's national championship trophy, a dunk showcase and shooting and skills competitions divided up by class year.
The Aggie women won the program's first national championship in April, with a magical NCAA Tournament run that culminated in a 76-70 win over Notre Dame in Indianapolis. Coach Gary Blair, who has led the team to six straight NCAA berths, returns three starters from the championship squad and opens the year on Nov. 12 against Lamar at Reed Arena.
The A&M men are under the guidance of new head coach Billy Kennedy. The reigning two-time Ohio Valley Conference coach of the year welcomes back three starters from a squad that went 24-9 last winter and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record sixth-straight year. The Aggies start the season on Nov. 9 against Liberty at Reed.
Maroon Madness has the potential to be the largest-attended preseason college basketball event in the country. The event, previously held at Kyle Field in five of the last six seasons, saw A&M set the unofficial national record for attendance at a preseason basketball tip-off event when more than 28,000 fans attended in 2007.
One lucky student from each Texas A&M class will be chosen to represent their year during the on-court contests with the men's and women's basketball teams. One grand prize winner will walk away with prizes, which include:
- Travel with the Women's Basketball Team to an away game (Game TBD)
- Travel to a Men's Basketball game (game TBD)
- Autographed items from each team
To enter the contest, click the Tweet button associated with your class below.