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Maryland Madness Set for Friday, Oct. 12

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The celebration of Maryland Madness, which tips off the new season of basketball at Comcast Center, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, beginning at 7 p.m.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is free. No tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served. Portions of the evening will also air on ESPNU, with former Terrapin great Len Elmore serving as Maryland's on-site analyst.

The annual event, which was first held 41 years ago, has a number of surprises in store as the Terps look toward the 2012-13 season. The evening includes a student dunk contest, performance by the Maryland Gymkana Troupe and the unveiling of the team's brand new Under Armour uniforms.

Students can register for the student dunk contest and vote on the best returning Terrapin dunker at www.2012MarylandBasketball.com, the official fan site of Maryland basketball. Free t-shirts will be given away to the first 4,000 students in attendance and the winner of the student dunk contest will be awarded with free books for the school year.

Fans will also be introduced to the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball teams.

The Maryland men's team welcomes eight newcomers and returns two starters in Nick Faust and James Padgett from last season's team, which went 17-15 under first-year head coach Mark Turgeon.

The Terrapin women's team, ranked No. 4 in at least one preseason poll, returns four starters from last year's squad that reached the NCAA Elite Eight and went 31-5 under head coach Brenda Frese.

More information will be released in the coming days on www.umterps.com.

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