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Basketball Season Returns with NKU Black & Gold Madness

The Northern Kentucky University men's and women's basketball teams will host Black N Gold Madness on Oct. 9 in The Bank of Kentucky Center to officially open the 2014-15 season.

The event, which will give fans a preseason glimpse of both teams, is free and open to the public.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with Black N Gold Madness activities kicking off at 7 p.m.
 
"We can't wait to kick off our season by showcasing our team to the students, community and our fans at Black N Gold Madness," NKU women's head coach Dawn Plitzuweit said.  "The players have worked extremely hard in the preseason and are ready to get after it in practices now.  We should be able to get at least three practices in before the event, so we certainly will not be a well-oiled machine, but we will work hard and have a great time nonetheless.  We look forward to seeing a lot of new and familiar faces there soon."
 
Black N Gold Madness, which is presented by John Morrell, will consist of a 3-point shooting contest between the two teams and a dunk contest.  Both teams will take the court for the first time in front of fans during the event, and the NKU cheerleading and dance teams will provide entertainment and excitement as well.
 
"Black N Gold Madness is always a fun time," said Norse men's head coach Dave Bezold. "Our players work incredibly hard in the offseason, and they enjoy getting in front of the crowd to showcase their improvements. We'll be six practices into the season by the time the event rolls around, so I am sure the players will love to get out there, have some fun with the fans and forget about the grind of early-season practices for an evening."

Notes:

The Northern Kentucky University women's basketball schedule has been changed and the Norse will now play the University of Cincinnati at the Bank of Kentucky Center on December 17 as part of the University of Cincinnati Holiday Classic. Two days later, they will play Delaware in a nuetral-site game at the Fifth Third Arena on the UC campus.

“We had a modification to our nonconference schedule the past few days,” said Norse head coach Dawn Plitzuweit. “Since the tournament at UC had a team back out, the setup changed from a traditional tournament to a round-robin format. We are very grateful to the Cincinnati staff for find a solution to the difficult situation they were placed in.

NKU also added a nonconference game against Georgetown (Ky.) on January 6, also at The Bank of Kentucky Center.

The Norse tip off the season at the Akron Classic, November 14-15 at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio. NKU takes on Delaware State on Friday and will take on the Zips the following day. Both games begin at 3:30.

From NKU Norse