I'll try to update this post tonight with events from DePaul and Loyola as they happen. Blue Madness starts at McGrath Arena at 8 p.m. CT.
Photos from the night are after the jump.
11:40 p.m. The final prizes are being handed out and the Loyola alma mater is being played. The college basketball season has been officially opened for business. Good luck to all of the Chicago teams this season.
11:35 p.m. The men's scrimmage just finished up. The eight minutes were basically a shortened NBA All-Star Game in terms of the amount of defense played. Highlights included a number of big dunks from Fr. F Shaun Adams, some nice moves by Fr. F Ben Averkamp. Averkamp dunked over Jr. G Terrance Hill near the end of the game. Adams also showed some range with a three-pointer during the contest.
11:17 p.m. The women are playing their scrimmage at the moment. Sr. G Keisha Collins has been the most impressive player on the court thus far.
11:10 p.m. Thomas was on fire during the early half of his second round, he was noticeably tired during the final two locations. He hit 15, but he was done in by defending champion Sr. G Maggie McCloskey. She hit her 16th at the buzzer for the victory.
11:03 p.m. So. F Walt Gibler showed some mid-season form by knocking down 17 three-point shots in one minute, but then Sr. G Marcus Thomas topped him with 20.
10:55 p.m. McCammon wins the dunk contest by flying over a pyramid of members of the women's team (the voters).
10:52 p.m. Dunk contest participants are Fr. G Charles Winbourne, Fr. F Shaun Adams, So. G Courtney Stanley and Jr. G. Jeff McCammon.
10:50 p.m. Sr. F Andy Polka - coming off an ankle injury that caused him to miss most of the season - and So. G/F Jordan Hicks both won't be competing in any events tonight, but it'll give us a chance to see the young talent the Ramblers will rely on this season. First impressions... Winbourne is ready.
10:45 p.m. The students are doing their competitions now, but 6'1" Fr. G Charles Winbourne is apparently going to be in the dunk competition. Should be interesting.
10:25 p.m. I've successfully made it to Loyola's Gentile Center. The women's team is being announced now and then the 2009-10 Rambler men's basketball team will take the court.
9:30 p.m. It's time for me to head out to Loyola, but the festivities will continue at the Gentile Center!
9:18 p.m. Walk-on Nate Rogers is the 2009 Blue Madness dunk champion. But Eric Wallace just put a dunk in from the free throw line.
9:13 p.m. Eric Wallace and Nate Rogers go into a dunk -off after round one. Wallace flubs his attempt and Rogers puts in an easy one. They were given a redo and on the second one both complete much more impressive dunks. Can the walk-on top the junior in Rd. 2?
8:38 p.m. Pre-season hyperbole? "We're going to the hottest ticket in this town in a short time," said men's head coach Jerry Wainwright. - He's trying to encourage the DePaul students to come out to Allstate Arena, an important thing for the Blue Demons this season.
8:35 p.m. DePaul women's head coach Doug Bruno once again claimed "We Are DePaul" for the Blue Demons, even if a certain school in Milwaukee (i.e. Marquette) has the motto plastered on its court.
8:22 p.m. The most impressive Zombie? 7'2" C Kene Obi. Photos after the jump...
8:15 p.m. DePaul men's and women's players just entered wearing "zombie" uniforms. More impressively, both teams are dancing Thriller together.
The scheduled participants for tonight's dunk contest at DePaul are So.
G/F Eric Wallace, Fr. G Nate Rogers and Jr. G/F Mike Stovall. Wallace
is rumored to have props ready for the event, so it should be a good
Jr. F Mac Koshwal running by the scorer's table after being announced:
Two of Nate Rogers' title-winning dunks:
Geoff McCammon's championship winning dunk:
So. C John Benkoske dunks during the scrimmage.
Shaun Adams get emotional after one of his many dunks on the evening.