Years ago, then Maryland basketball coach Lefty Driesell would wait for the first minute he was allowed to start practice and make his team run in the middle of the night, sometimes with the headlights from his assistants' cars providing the only light. At midnight tonight, that moment arrives again for college basketball teams around the nation, and several local schools will stage updated versions of Driesell's madness.

Maryland's annual Midnight Madness begins with an alumni game at 10:40 tonight at Comcast Center. Admission is free, but anyone wishing to go must obtain a ticket by calling 301-314-7070 or stopping by the ticket office at Comcast Center. Doors open at 9 p.m. The women's team will be introduced at 11:45, the men's team at midnight, and both teams will scrimmage shortly thereafter.

Last year, men's coach Gary Williams rode onto the court at midnight on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. This year promises something even more elaborate.

"He's not going to come in on foot," forward Nik Caner-Medley said. "I'll give you a little hint."

-- Barry Svrluga


When: Doors open at 9 p.m., events begin at 10:40.

Where: Comcast Center.

TV: Comcast SportsNet at 11:30.

Admission: Free with ticket obtained by calling 301-314-7070 or stopping by the ticket office at Comcast Center.

What: Men's alumni game, Williams look-alike contest, three-point shooting contest, men's and women's introductions and scrimmages.


When: Doors open at 11.

Where: McDonough Arena.

Admission: Free.

What: Introductions of men's and women's basketball teams, including new coaches John Thompson III (men) and Terri Williams-Flournoy (women); students vs. faculty game; student dance performances; contests and giveaways for students.


When: Doors open at 10:30, event begins at 11.

Where: Patriot Center.

Admission: Free.

What: Introduction of men's and women's basketball teams, slam dunk show, dance routines from cheerleaders and dance team.