Friday, October 21, 2005

UT to Host Big Orange Madness October 28

Event Showcases Volleyball along with Men's and Women's Basketball

The University of Tennessee will tip-off basketball season a little early this year with "Big Orange Madness".

Big Orange Madness will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday, October 28th, the night before the Volunteer Football team takes on South Carolina. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Leading off the event, the Lady Vol Volleyball team will take the court vs. SEC rival Georgia at 6:30 p.m., its second match all-time in the facility. The Lady Vols drew a school-record crowd of 1,571 to its Oct. 31, 2003, contest versus No. 3 Florida in the only other volleyball match to be played in the facility.

An autograph session with both the Vol and Lady Vol basketball teams will take place on the Thompson-Boling Arena concourse from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Autographs are limited to one item per person.

The basketball portion of Big Orange Madness will start at 8 p.m. and will include team introductions, followed by intra-squad scrimmages by both the men's and women's team, on-court interviews with head coaches Bruce Pearl and Pat Summitt, and a 3-point shooting contest with members of both squads as teams of one Vol and one Lady Vol student-athlete will compete against each other.

The final event of the night will be the fan favorite dunk contest with members of the Vol basketball team and much to the fans anticipation Lady Vol Candace Parker will participate in the dunk contest.

Fans will have opportunities throughout the night to win great prizes, starting with the volleyball match and continuing on with the basketball event.

For more information on Big Orange Madness, please call 865-974-1734.

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