(WMC-TV) – Friday night kicks off the official start of the University of Memphis basketball season.
The event is most commonly referred to as Memphis Madness.
Men's basketball coach Josh Pastner is urging everyone to come out and fill the seats. He says Memphis Madness is a big event for bringing in recruits.
The FedEx Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free but first come, first serve.
The men's basketball team will kick things off with an autograph session at 6:45 p.m.
The on court festivities start at 7:30 p.m. with the introduction of the women's basketball team, followed by the men.
At approximately 8:45 p.m., the competition begins with a three point contest, followed by the always exciting slam dunk contest a little after 9 p.m.
There will a lot of prizes and giveaways including an all new Ford F-150, an all expenses paid trip to the Bahamas to see the Tigers in action, a Nintendo Wii, and even free Taco Bell for one year.
The only catch? You must be in the arena to collect a prize.