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Midnight Madness Begins In Durham

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DURHAM — Basketball fans may have to wait for March Madness, but Midnight Madness is already here at North Carolina Central University, which kicked off its basketball season with a celebration Friday morning.

Central won its division last year but the men's and women's teams are shooting for new heights this season. The Eagles want to win the CIAA tournament that will be played next year at the newRaleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena.

"In the past, we've won the western division, the southern division for the last six years. Hopefully, we can have a successful season this year and get into the tournament and play well," said men's coach Greg Jackson.

Before the players took the court, the students had the hardwood all to themselves.

The students could either pay to get in or bring canned goods to help with the university's flood relief efforts.

The Eagles kick off their1999-2000 seasonon Nov. 19 against Lane College.

Duke Universitykicks off its season with Midnight Madness at 12 a.m. Saturday.


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