Basketball to be featured at Purple Palooza on Thursday night

Basketball to be featured at Purple Palooza on Thursday night

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – A slam dunk contest, 3-point shootouts, a chance to meet all of the players and coaches, and drawings for exclusive prizes. Those are some of the highlights planned for the first Purple Palooza, a tip-off celebration of Tennessee Tech basketball and introduction to the Golden Eagle men’s and women’s teams.

Purple Palooza -- similar to Midnight Madness but earlier in the day -- is set for Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. in Tech’s Eblen Center. Admission is free, and all Tech basketball fans, students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in the festivities.

Tech students are invited to enjoy free pizza and sign up for prizes on the concourse of the arena beginning at 6 p.m. In the Eagles Nest, season ticket holders and Athletics Association donors will enjoy a reception and chance to meet and mingle with players and staff.

Out on the arena floor, the action begins at 7 p.m. with introductions of the Tech cheer and dance teams. The Golden Eagle women’s team, under first-year coach Jim Davis, will take the floor for introductions and a 10-minute, intrasquad scrimmage as fans will view the 2012-13 edition of the squad for the first time in action. The roster will feature eight returnees and five new faces.

After the scrimmage, drawings will take place for exclusive women’s basketball gear.

Coach Steve Payne’s men’s team will then begin its portion of the evening with introductions and a 10-minute intrasquad scrimmage. Fans will have their first opportunity to watch eight newcomers mix it up with the team’s four returnees.

Another drawing will take place, where fans can win exclusive gear from the men’s program.

The fun will continue with a 3-point shootout among four long-distance sharpshooters from each team. As soon as the snipers determine a winner, a drawing will be held for Tech students to win prizes.

The highlight of the night could be the slam dunk contest, featuring four Golden Eagle players and judged by a panel including students, alumni and faculty.

Another drawing will give students the chance to win valuable gift cards, followed by an on-court autograph session with both teams.

For additional information, please call the Athletic Marketing office at (931) 372-3669.