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_The Syracuse team was already on the court when Orange coach Jim Boeheim gave the crowd of 20,000 in the Carrier Dome some great news.

He stepped to the center of the court bearing his name and declared “There’s one more guy here.” He pointed to the tunnel at the corner of the building and yelled the name they all were hoping to hear.

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony jogged onto the court where he left his definitive mark during Syracuse’s 2003 national championship season. It was all part of Syracuse’s annual Midnight Madness.

_Arizona coach Sean Miller isn’t a big proponent of celebrating the start of practice.

“Our red-blue game really has become midnight madness. Your midnight madness is just a show because at this point your guys don’t know enough of what you do to even play. They’re almost playing a glorified pickup game,” he said. “I think it means more to them and all the things that happen in a midnight madness happen in the afternoon, at a sane time so if you want to go to bed at 10:00, you can. You don’t have to be in McKale at 1:30 or 2 in the morning and then have to get back up as a college coach or player the next day. To me, it makes a lot more sense across the board.”