by Mike Potter
N.C. Central will hold its own version of Midnight Madness - billed as "An Eagle Thriller" - to kick off basketball practice on Friday night at 10:30 at McLendon-McDougald Gym.
The promoters are encouraging fans to dress in their best Michael Jackson attire, with two tickets to the N.C. State fair awarded to the winner.
The program will also include a dance-off to the late King of Pop's music between the men's and women's teams.
The men's team, under new head coach LeVelle Moton (pictured) will open its season on Nov. 11 at UNC with its home opener Nov. 18 against N.C. Wesleyan.
Joli Robinson's women's club will host Johnson C. Smith in a Nov. 8 exhibition game, and then visit Maryland in the season opener Nov. 14 before hosting Campbell in the home opener Nov. 18.