Midnight Madness set to take place despite COVID-19

By: Cody Drolet

Sports Writer

Tarleton State University recently announced that Wisdom Gym’s annual Midnight Madness will take place Oct. 28, thus kicking off the basketball season. This event will include a live D.J, free t-shirts and cash prizes. The doors will open at 10:30 p.m. and the program is set to begin at 11:45 p.m.

Tarleton basketball player goes in for a dunk during the 2015-2016 Midnight Madness.
Photo courtesy of Tarleton State University’s Twitter page.

Sophomore basketball returner Isaiah Range had a few things to say about Midnight Madness this year.

Range said, “Midnight Madness is a night where both women and men’s basketball programs go out and give the crowd a show and a preview of what to look forward to for the upcoming season this year.”

Midnight Madness is a very exciting event and a symbol of things to come since the University has decided to proceed with the event despite the pandemic.

When asked about being a returner and what Midnight Madness meant to him this year Range said, “Being a returner, I realize that yes, Midnight Madness is an opportunity to give the crowd a show, but it’s also a great tradition here at Tarleton, and it is so much fun to be a part of. I also realized that our fans are very supportive of us and we really do appreciate every single one of them.”

Despite this longstanding tradition at Tarleton, this one seems to be a little more special, with it being the first time Tarleton will compete at Division I (DI) level.  From the fan’s perspective, it’s a way to get excited about basketball season. As a player it is a way to get game-ready, get use to the atmosphere and have a little fun.

“Normally going into a real game, we are more focused and not… worried about the crowd because we want to win, but Midnight Madness is different. It’s a chance to have fun with each other and have fun with the fans! Also, show off some moves and dunks that we probably won’t try in a game,” Range said.

Under COVID-19 guidelines things will be different, but Range believes that Texan fans will still come out and support.

“Honestly, it’s going to be very different this year, but I believe that our Texan fans will still support us the best way they know-how, whether they are there physically or watching online,” Range said. “I’m expecting a big turnout this year for the event. A lot of people have been stopping me down Rudder Way and asking me about Midnight Madness, so I believe it’ll be a great turnout!”

For more information about Midnight Madness go to https://tarletonsports.com/news/2017/10/10/mens-basketball-midnight-madness-returns-to-tarleton-saturday-night.aspx.

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