Students walk along Speedway in front of the Gregory Gymnasium Thursday afternoon October 8, 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Texas to host men’s basketball scrimmage at Gregory Gym

Posted October 12th, 2015

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Most college basketball teams have gone away from Midnight Madness. The Texas men’s basketball team is offering a new twist on the concept at an unlikely place.

The Longhorns will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. Admission is free. The first 2,500 fans will receive a free T-shirt, and food will be provided to the first 500 students.

Tickets must be obtained via the Internet at www.texassports.com/tickets.

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“We want to create an atmosphere this season where people are fighting to get into our games,” UT coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “We know that if we present a product on the floor that is enthusiastic and committed to one another, we’ll attract a lot of people.

“The intention behind hosting Texas Tip-Off at Gregory Gym is for our team and fans to spend some time around each other in a close environment,” Smart added, “so we can start building a relationship with each other that will be the start to a fun and exciting basketball season.”

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