Midnight Madness sooner than you think

Earlier today, our friends over at ESPN Media Zone -- the public relations hub of ESPN, and also the home of ESPN Front Row, where you can read interesting background information from investigative reporter Tom Farrey and check out photos of some dude named Andy Katz talking with some other dude about his tournament bracket -- released the schedule for ESPNU's annual Midnight Madness coverage.

It occurs to me that you might not visit ESPN Media Zone, and perhaps missed this information.

So, ICYMI, here it is: On Oct. 12, beginning at 5 p.m. ET, ESPNU and ESPN3 will broadcast live Midnight Madnesses (or their provincially named equivalents) from 13 different locales. You'll get live look-ins at Indiana, Kentucky, NC State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Baylor (both the men's and reigning champion women's programs), Murray State and, last but not least, Kansas. These events will air throughout the evening, with studio coverage from Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, and one of my favorite human beings, Dickie V himself.

And if that all sounds pretty good, here's the best part: Midnight Madness is only 18 days away. Seriously. Eighteen days. Sure, it's just practice, and these events aren't really at midnight anymore (I kind of miss that) ... but it's college basketball, and it's here in 18 days. Yes and please.