'Kraziness In Kennel' Part Of ESPNU Midnight Madness

 

Sept. 17, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University and the McCarthey Athletic Center will be the site of "Kraziness in the Kennel" presented by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, one of six venues showcasing their basketball talents for the upcoming season as part of a four-hour "ESPNU Midnight Madness" special featuring extensive whip-around coverage Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time on ESPNU HD.

ESPN platforms have been covering Midnight Madness events since 1993, with this season marking the fifth consecutive year on ESPNU. Gonzaga was last part of Midnight Madness in October, 2008.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase a great facility, an outstanding team and an elite program," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "We are excited about ESPNU returning to campus to highlight the start of the collegiate basketball season.

Teams are not permitted to start their in-season practice until Oct. 15.

"We are excited to be a part of the start of the basketball season on ESPNU," Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said. "This is something our players have had fun with in the past and it gives fans across the country a chance to get a different look at the personalities of not only Gonzaga but some other outstanding programs around the country."

The doors to the McCarthey Athletic Center will open at 5:30 p.m. with festivities beginning at 6:30 p.m. Seating is free and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fans will get their first chance to see the 2010-11 version of the Bulldogs, the new Gonzaga University Fight Song will be unveiled and several contests promoting student involvement will also be part of the evening's festivities.

One lucky fan will have a chance to win $10,000 that night. To be eligible for the $10,000, fans must visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at 506 N. Sullivan in the Spokane Valley and pick up a coupon to be deposited in the drop box at "Kraziness in the Kennel." One name will be drawn with that fan getting the chance to win $10,000.

"We are excited to be involved with such a high-profile event," said Aaron Blackmer, owner of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Spokane. "The ability to showcase premium basketball and premium chocolates together will hopefully leave Zag fans hungering for more."

The Gonzaga radio network, 1510 KGA in Spokane, will also air a 90-minute season preview show from 6-7:30 p.m. live from the McCarthey Athletic Center. Sports talk show host Toby Howell will also broadcast "The Locker Room With Toby Howell" from 4-6 p.m. from the McCarthey Athletic Center.

In addition to Gonzaga, ESPNU will be also be on the campuses of defending NCAA champion Duke University and NCAA Tournament participants University of Kentucky, Memphis University and Kansas State University.

Gonzaga and Kansas State will be matched against each other Nov. 22 in the semifinals of the CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Duke will also be in Kansas City, facing Marquette University in the other semifinal. The Bulldogs will also host Memphis Feb. 5 in the Spokane Arena in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Classic.

ESPNU anchor Lowell Galindo will host this year's coverage. For the third straight year he will be joined by ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz and analyst and former University of Maryland standout Adrian Branch, who played for former Terrapin legend Charles "Lefty" Driesell, the founder of Midnight Madness. The studio team will provide analysis between look-ins to each Midnight Madness event. ESPNU will also have commentators (to be named at a later date) at each Midnight Madness site location.

ESPNU's coverage will also tap into Midnight Madness events throughout the country including ESPNU's Campus Connection, allowing students to contribute a unique all-access perspective.

Katz has all five men's programs featured during ESPNU Midnight Madness ranked in his early men's preseason Top 25 poll with No. 1 Duke, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 9 Gonzaga, No. 13 Kentucky and No. 19 Memphis.

ESPNU will begin its coverage of live college basketball games for the ESPN family of networks Monday, Nov. 8, with two matchups from the 2K Sports Classic benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. Tipping off the season is NIT semifinalist Rhode Island at Pittsburgh at 7 p.m., followed by Navy at Texas at 9 p.m. ESPNU will air more than 300 men's and women's basketball games combined, including action from more than 25 NCAA Division I conferences.

Gonzaga will be featured 14 times on the ESPN family of stations during the regular season, with the first broadcast Nov. 16 from the McCarthey Athletic Center when the Bulldogs host San Diego State University in a CBE Regional Round matchup at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

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