October 15, 2010 7:45 AM ET
LET THE MIDNIGHT MADNESS BEGIN:
Most Midnight Madness celebrations will be taking place on Friday night, marking the beginning of college basketball season. In 2005, the NCAA changed the rule to allow practices to begin at 7 PM to alleviate travel concerns for fans leaving late at night. Joining the men in the festivities will be the Connecticut women's program, the first women's team to be showcased during Midnight Madness. The UConn women - the two-time defending national champions - enter the 2010-11 season with a 78-game winning streak, 10 shy of the UCLA men's record for consecutive D-I wins. ESPNU will televise four hours of Midnight Madness coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 15. The network will present extensive whip-around coverage of Midnight Madness events at seven schools defending national champion Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, Gonzaga, Kansas State and St. John's.
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