NDSU to be featured on ESPNU Midnight Madness special
The NDSU basketball teams will hold the annual season-opening "Late Show" event on Friday, Oct. 16, in front of a national television audience. NDSU is one of nine Division I programs scheduled to appear on ESPNU Midnight Madness coverage.
The four-hour broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. and will be simulcast on ESPN2 between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. It is the fourth year ESPNU will televise the popular event, marking the beginning of the college basketball season nationwide.
Other schools that will be featured are Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Washington.
NDSU’s event, "The Late Show With Bison Basketball," will take place at the Bison Sports Arena. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. with events beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
Free pizza will be served to the first 400 fans in attendance. Player introductions, a three-point shootout, a slam-dunk contest and intrasquad scrimmages by both NDSU teams are planned. There will be a T-shirt toss and other entertainment, and fans can sign up for a chance to make a half-court shot to win $10,000.
ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo will host the show alongside ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and college basketball analyst Adrian Branch. Jim Barbar will provide on-site commentary.