Big Ten Network To Air 5 Of The Big 10's Midnight Madnesses

Monday, October 08, 2007


The Big Ten Network is scheduled to broadcast a program they are dubbing "Big Ten Tonight: Basketball Tip-Off Edition" where they will jump from school to school to bring you Midnight Madness from 5 of the Conference's schools.

The Big Ten Network will be live on the campuses of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin for their versions of Midnight Madness. The network show, BIG TEN TONIGHT: BASKETBALL TIP-OFF EDITION, airs at 9:30 PM ET Friday, Oct. 12.

The 90-minute program will feature live coverage from Illinois' "Illini Madness," "Hoosier Hysteria" at Indiana, Michigan State's "Midnight Madness," "Tubby's Tipoff" at Minnesota and Wisconsin's "Night of the Grateful Red."

Dave Revsine will anchor the show from Big Ten Network studios in Chicago. On-site reporters will provide live look-ins from Champaign, Bloomington, East Lansing, Minneapolis and Madison for team introductions, three-point and dunk contests, and the pep bands, and all the hype and hoopla that come with a new basketball season.
God that is such a great idea. I know ESPN has featured some in the past, but no one cares about one team enough for it to carry a whole program. They should just schedule every school's Midnight Madnesses on the same night and just switch back and forth through each.

Well ESPN wouldn't be able to pull that off because UNC and Duke would account for 90% of the programming, but you get the idea.

(Source: Big 10 Press Release via Extra P)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 2:57 PM

8 Comments:

Night of the Grateul Red is a sick name. I may watch this...if we got the Big Ten Network in fucking Ohio.

GMoney said...
Oct 8, 2007, 3:31:00 PM  

Anyone remember that dude hitting the half-court shot getting his tuition paid for and Dickie V paid for the books? This was like 1995 or 1996 and I wanna say Cincinnati?
That's the last time I remember ESPN covering Midnight Madness.

Anonymous said...
Oct 8, 2007, 3:42:00 PM  

"Well ESPN wouldn't be able to pull that off because UNC and Duke would account for 90% of the programming"

ESPN would also show Texas Tech, UConn and Syracuse. But I get your point.

Anonymous said...
Oct 8, 2007, 3:43:00 PM  

Not sure if other schools are doing this, but Illinois is having all their fans dress in pink t-shirts for admission to the event to promote breast cancer awareness.
Good show, Illinois.

Anonymous said...
Oct 8, 2007, 5:15:00 PM  

At least I can watch the worldwide leader. I'm a Big 10 fan who lives in their "Footprint," and can't watch any of this. Don't get me going over the fact that the B10N was supposed to increase the visibility of the schools, yet I'm watching less Big 10 games than ever, thanks to the greed of the conference, and the evil cable cartel.

Big Al said...
Oct 8, 2007, 5:28:00 PM  

Illinois should wear shirts promoting drunkenly paralyzing your teammates.

GMoney said...
Oct 8, 2007, 5:33:00 PM  

@gmoney
Who's paralyzed?

Anonymous said...
Oct 8, 2007, 5:41:00 PM  

Illinois just pulled an unprecedented recruiting coup - 3 of the top 2009 guards in the nation all committing in one single day!! Watch their Madness just to see them all sitting with 2010 phenom recruit Jereme Richmond!

Jealous Kelvin Sampson said...
Oct 12, 2007, 7:41:00 PM  

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