Midnight Madness Events Usher In The Start Of College Basketball

Across the country, college basketball programs are celebrating the beginning of the 2011 season with Midnight Madness events on Friday.

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Rick Ross Suffers Another Seizure, Will Miss Memphis' Midnight Madness

You can't say Rick Ross didn't try to make it to Memphis' Midnight Madness. The best laid plans were undone by not one, but two seizures on Friday, each of which occurred on a plane as he traveled to Memphis. Sandwiched in between was a reassuring video from Ross on a private jet just before he took off from Fort Lauderdale.

The report comes from TMZ ... again.

Rick went to the hospital, was released, and then took off at 5:07 PM ET from Ft. Lauderdale to make his concert  tonight in Memphis. But at 5:44 PM CDT, the plane was diverted and landed in Birmingham after Rick had a seizure on board.

Sources tell TMZ, rapper Yo Gotti -- who was originally supposed to perform with Rick Ross in Memphis tonight -- has now been asked to perform solo. So far, Gotti hasn't decided.

Not sure if we can laugh at this yet, but you may never see a quote like this from a college coach again:

"I had people calling asking what I did to the Boss," Pastner said, and you should know that Boss is one of Ross' many nicknames. "But the Boss is still coming. He's alive."

The Bawse is reportedly in stable condition at a Birmingham hospital and the show will go on without him. Get well soon, Ricky Rosay.

For more on all the Midnight Madness events, check out this StoryStream.

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Midnight Madness: Carmelo Anthony En Route To Syracuse For Legends Game

Of all the former Syracuse Orange basketball players that were said to be a part of Friday night's Midnight Madness Legends Game, Carmelo Anthony was the one many SU fans have been excited to see. Carmelo never actually confirmed his appearance at the game and spent much of the day in Manhattan promoting one of his many endorsed products.

Looks like he's gonna make it after all. Multiple sources are confirming that Anthony is en route to Syracuse to take part in the festivities. He joins an impressive list of former Orange greats.

One team will be coached by Derrick Coleman and Pearl Washington. That team will consist of Lazarus Sims, John Wallace, Donte Greene, Adrian Autry, Hakim Warrick and Lawrence Moten.

The other team will be coached by Mike Hopkins and Billy Owens. That squad will include Jonny Flynn, Wes Johnson, Gerry McNamara, Howard Triche and Roosevelt Bouie.

Whichever team he suits up for might have just been named the favorite.

For more updates on Syracuse basketball, visit Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician. For more Midnight Madness news, keep an eye on this stream.

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Midnight Madness: Louisville's Zach Price Injured During Red-White Scrimmage

Midnight Madness is about fun and excitement and a slow, easy transition into the college basketball season.

Louisville Cardinals, you're doing it wrong.

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The freshman center, who came to Louisville as a consensus Top 150 player this season, was playing for the White team.

It doesn't sound too serious. Still...easy with the elbows, everyone.

For more on Louisville basketball, visit Card Chronicle. For more Midnight Madness news, keep an eye on this stream.

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Midnight Madness: Maryland, Georgetown Bringing Blasts From The Past

With Midnight Madness sweeping college campuses and arenas Friday night, two DC-area schools are trying to one-up one another in terms of big names and memorable moments that will be highlighted during the festivities.

The Maryland Terrapins would like to remind fans that they won the National Title not so long ago (2002). And so, they're going to trot out almost everyone from that squad:

The big draw is that 80 percent of the national championship team from 2002 will be in the building to celebrate. Lonny Baxter will be the only person missing from that starting lineup. Whether or not they'll suit up in the alumni game is anyone's guess. Considering that it wasn't that long ago and some of these guys are still in the NBA, I wouldn't be surprised to see them throw up some jump shots.

Meanwhile, the Georgetown Hoyas have a lot of big names in their history. Most of them might just be in the building tonight.

While you never know with such things, the assumption is that Greg Monroe, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert will all be attending, along with older stars like Sleepy Floyd, Reggie Williams and Patrick Ewing, whose son’s NBA jersey is being hung on the back wall of McDonough.

For complete coverage of Maryland Madness and the Terps, visit Testudo Times. For more on the Hoyas, visit Casual Hoya.. For more Midnight Madness news, keep an eye on this stream.

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Midnight Madness: Steve Lavin Will Miss St. John's Festivities

St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin, who is recovering from prostate cancer surgery on Oct. 6, will not attend the team's season-opening Red Storm Tip-Off event Friday night.

The Red Storm has promoted Lavin's appearance earlier in the week. He was expected to address the crowd and join in the festivities. However, the school announced via Twitter on Friday afternoon that he would unable to attend as he continues to recover.

Lavin was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late 2010. He originally attempted to use more lax treatment as he coached the team. In September, Lavin said that he and his doctors decided to make more aggressive treatments against the cancer, opting ultimately for surgery.

There were no complications during the surgery and Lavin is expected to return to full-time coaching duties after a recovery period that remains TBD.

For more on St. John's basketball, visit Rumble In The Garden. For more Midnight Madness news, keep an eye on this stream.

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