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Midnight Madness coming back to ESPN

Midnight Madness, the hoopla surrounding
the official start of college basketball practice, will return to
ESPN next month after an eight-year absence.

The national cable network announced Thursday that ESPNU will
televise five hours of Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct.
14. Following a one-hour season preview show at 7 p.m. ET, five
live, one-hour events will be shown from Memphis Tigers, Kansas Jayhawks, Kentucky Wildcats,
Michigan State Spartans and Oregon Ducks.

The Michigan State event will also feature the women's team,
which lost to Baylor in the national championship game in April.

The last time ESPN aired Midnight Madness was in 1997.