Illinois plans Midnight Madness -

Illinois plans Midnight Madness

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Illinois, Kentucky, West Virginia and several other schools plan an early start on Midnight Madness by taking advantage of an NCAA practice rule.

The official opening of basketball practice for the 2008-09 season is October 17, but the NCAA has allowed two hours of team workouts per week since mid-September.

In Champaign, the Illinois men's and women's basketball teams will head onto a court set up behind one of the end zones Saturday at Memorial Stadium after the conclusion of Illinois' football game with Minnesota. The basketball practice, to be held on a donated court, will be canceled if it rains.

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