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Midnight Madness Opens Optimistic Season

As the Provisional Year for LCU men’s and women’s basketball teams begins, the LCU campus will be rallying at the Rip Griffin Center on Tuesday, Oct. 14, for Midnight Madness.

This will be LCU’s second year to partake in midnight madness to kick off the 2014-15 basketball season as well as introduce this year’s teams. And, not only does the event serve as an introduction, it brings the campus together as a community.

“It creates some enthusiasm for what we are doing. I think it’s great for recruiting. We can show our future players that we have a student body that is engaged, that’s excited about it, that supports us. It just builds community, too,” LCU Men’s Basketball Coach Todd Duncan said.

When asked what they foresee for the 2014-15 season, both Duncan and LCU Women’s Basketball Coach Steve Gomez have a positive outlook, despite the men’s team losing four seniors and the women’s team having only one returning starter from the 2013-14 season on the court.

Duncan, as well as Gomez, will also be welcoming four new players to their teams, but they expect these new players to be valuable to the upcoming season and beyond, as the mix of experience amongst the players will strengthen them as they become eligible for the postseason.

Although playing in a Provisional Year has no championship play, both coaches agree that playing is more than winning and losing, but a process. Duncan and Gomez are positive about the upcoming season and aim to build their players both on and off the court.

“Every year is different. Each team makes its own mark. I’m excited to see what this team will accomplish, off the court, on the court—what their stamp is going to be,” Gomez said.