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Kansas Basketball 50 in 50, No. 18: Late Night

50 in 50 is a feature here at RCT counting down until the Jayhawks kick off the 2011 basketball season on November first. Got an idea for something you'd like to see featured here? tweet @rockchalktalk or @fetch9 or email me at fetch9 at gmail dot com.

Not much in the way of analysis today. Rather let's all sit back and rejoice that one of the greatest sports in the world is finally back.

Midnight Madness was started in the 70s by former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. Back in those days it was an actual practice open to the public, but has evolved into more of a fan event, more spectacle than practice. Which, hey, is fine with me. After the strenuous workouts that they go through the players need a day of celebration, and anything involved in celebrating the magic of college basketball is great.

If I had to have one complaint about the event, it's that it's not actually at midnight anymore. Late Night begins at 6:30 and runs until 9:30 this year. Hardly late at night, that's more nap time than bed time.

Now days, Late Night is more of a showcase to recruits. This year Perry Ellis and Kaleb Tarczewski are taking their official visits to late night, and a number of touted recruits, including the 8th and 24th ranked players, are making their unofficial visits.

I'm not sure whether there will be an open thread for late night tonight, but you can use this as one if the boss doesn't throw one up. You can watch Late Night on ESPNU if you are so inclined and if you go please remember to bring a non perishable food item.

Yay, baskethoops is back!