Fans of Seattle University basketball will have their first chance to see the 2013-14 Redhawk men’s and women’s basketball teams during Midnight Madness, taking place Friday, Oct. 18, starting at 10 p.m. in the Connolly Center.

The evening will feature several giveaways such as T-shirts to the first 250 Seattle U students entering the Connolly Center, free food, performances by the Seattle University Spirit Squad and Seattle U Redline, and contests pairing Redhawk players with fans as well as members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams working together.

Among the activities the Redhawk players will be participating in are a hot shot contest which pairs a player with a fan, a dance contest, and a combination three-point shooting contest/dunk showcase in which the women’s basketball players will determine how many dunks the men’s players they are teamed with receive based on the number of made three-pointers.

During the evening, fans will have a chance to catch T-shirts thrown into the stands as well as win other prizes during raffles and various other contests. Near the end of the night, two fans will be chosen to compete in a half-court shootout, with the winner receiving a vacation.

Both teams will have been participating in official practices for two weeks and will be three weeks away from the start of the regular season. The women’s basketball squad will be defending its 2012-13 regular season WAC title, while the men’s basketball team looks to improve and become a contender for the conference crown.

The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, for fans to enter the Connolly Center, and admission is free for everyone. The event is co-sponsored by Verizon Wireless, the Seattle University Division of Student Development, RedZone and Seattle U Athletics.

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