Saturday, October 17 is the official day college basketball teams can begin practicing. (Well, actually the ambitious ones can start at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16.)
A number of schools are taking advantage of the opportunity to hold epic celebrations. Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse is sure to be full of fans and Kentucky's fans camped out in tents to get tickets to see the first practice with their knight in shining armor - former Memphis coach John Calipari - in charge.
In Chicago the scene will be a little bit different. Things will be much quieter. There's not much to celebrate - at least not yet. It seems like DePaul will be holding a late evening practice and an open practice from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Blue Demons' practice will be my first fix of live college basketball this season.
For those of you looking to catch the excitement a little earlier, ESPNU is showing coverage from nine schools on Friday from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. with a simulcast on ESPN from 11:30 p.m.-12 p.m. Details are here.
The season is coming!
P.S. If you know of something else happening at a Chicago school on Friday night please leave a note in the comments.
Update (10/10): Loyola has officially released information about its Midnight Madness which will officially commence at 10 p.m. at the Gentile Center on Friday, October 16.