Midnight Madness Festivities Set
Hokies get ready for Big East play Friday night
October 11, 2000

The Virginia Tech men's and women's basketball teams get ready for Big East play starting this Friday night as the athletics departments holds its annual Midnight Madness festivities at Cassell Coliseum, commemorating the first day of basketball practice allowed by the NCAA. Doors to the coliseum open at 11 p.m. and admission is free. Coupons for free T-shirts will be handed out to the first 500 fans.

The event starts with players from both teams signing autographs for approximately 30 minutes. At 11:30 p.m., the Tech cheerleaders will be on the court tossing out mini-basketballs to fans and Voice of the Hokies Bill Roth will be on hand to welcome the crowd and serve as the master of ceremonies.

Activities planned for the evening include the "Dress Like A Hokie" contest for kids a performance by the High Techs and a student contest in which two students shoot a lay-up, free throw and 3-pointer for various prizes such as a free Pizza Hut buffet, a $25 Bookstore gift certificate, an autographed basketball and a Hokie Gift Pack.

The highlight of the evening comes at 11:45 with the Celebrity Hot Shot Shootout. In this event, three players and one coach from the Virginia Tech offense (quarterback Michael Vick, receiver André Davis, tackle Anthony Lambo and line coach Bryan Stinespring) take on three players and a coach from the Virginia Tech defense (coordinator Bud Foster, cornerback Ronyell Whitaker, whip Nick Sorensen and tackle Chad Beasley) in a shooting contest. A lay-up will be worth one point, a free throw worth two points and a 3-pointer worth three points.

At 11:52, each member of the respective basketball team will be introduced, and at 11:59, men's head coach Ricky Stokes and women's head coach Bonnie Henrickson will address the crowd. After midnight, each team will warm up and then proceed to hold two five-minute scrimmages sandwiched around a performance by the High Techs.

Fans planning to attend the event are encouraged to bring a canned food item. The student-athlete advisory committee is holding its annual canned food donation as part of the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program.

The Tech men's basketball team finished 16-15 last season. The women's team finished 20-11 - its third straight 20-win season - and advanced to the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament before falling to Maryland in overtime.