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USI basketball hold ‘Midnight Madness’ event to tip-off upcoming season

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 4:46 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:31 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The University of Southern Indiana hosted “Midnight Madness” to open up the men’s and women’s basketball seasons on Thursday night.

“Midnight Madness” is back this year, and Thursday was an action-packed night for Southern Indiana basketball fans.

The USI men’s and women’s basketball programs were both in attendance to generate excitement for the season. The night included free food, giveaway prizes, three-point and dunk contests, and much more.

Fans have a lot to look forward to this season.

Starting on the men’s side, USI head coach Stan Gouard enters his second season at the helm, bringing in a mixture of talent with first-year players like Castle graduate Isaiah Swope, as well as senior leaders who are taking advantage of the extra season granted due to COVID-19.

“This is our team’s first time playing in front of fans in two years,” Gouard said. “It’s going to be a different experience for us. It’s a new beginning for everyone. we’re just excited about the opportunity.”

As for the women’s squad, three-time GLVC Coach of the Year Rick Stein is back for his 23rd season. The Lady Eagles, who finished with an 11-5 record this past season, return every player but one from last year’s team.

”What a great time of year,” Stein said. “March Madness is obviously what we’re hunting at the end, but ‘Midnight Madness’ kicks us off. It’s our official kick-off and we get a chance to do full practices here starting tomorrow. Really can’t wait.”

Practices for both teams officially resume Friday following “Midnight Madness.”

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