Midnight Madness begins little less than 8 days from now, on the evening of Friday the 16th. Awful Announcing has the full list of schools that ESPN will have coverage of - a more detailed schedule is on ESPN.com, but for some reason is behind their Insider wall.
Most of the schools are what you'd expect: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC... the one curveball is North Dakota State. Seems like it might be a year late on NDSU, since they're very unlikely to repeat their success from the 2008-09 season (the graduation of Ben Woodside pretty much guarantees that). Still, it's always nice to remind people that they do play college basketball at schools not named Duke or Kentucky.
I've actually never found Midnight Madness itself too interesting. Very few schools go through the effort to make it worthwhile. If I watch at all it will probably be to see whether Tom Izzo has some fun with his entrance into the arena.
But for the most part, at least in my opinion, Midnight Madness is only exciting from the perspective of time: we'll know that games are just around the corner. The first exhibition games will actually begin only about one week after Midnight Madness. The first regular season game, of course, will be a Coaches vs Cancer match-up on November 9th. Only one month from now.
The season is almost here. Get ready.