To get you in the mood for Midnight Madness, we’ll start the day with Washington’s video promoting tonight’s event at Edmundson Pavilion.
And here’s Justin Holiday unveiling a new dance “Q-Walk” at Wednesday’s media day. Holiday, Darnell Gant and Tyreese Breshers recorded the song in a studio while they were in Los Angeles this summer.
We talk a lot about how this team is a fun-loving group that enjoys hanging out together and this is just one example. Holiday said he was in a band when he was younger and enjoys making music. Gant said he’s written and produced other songs, but hasn’t recorded them.
(Gant on how they recorded the song.) “It started in the summer time with me and Tyreese. I got a laptop this summer and I started to making beats. And I tried to get Tyreese to learn how to make beats and he did great at it. He came up with the beat and I helped him pattern it, get it together and structure it. And we got to LA, got in the studio and got it done.
“Me and Elston came up with chorus. Tyreese wrote his own lyrics. Elston wrote my lyrics and Holiday came up with his own stuff.”
(Any feedback?) “It turns out we’ve gotten like almost 800 views on YouTube and people are commenting on like they want the real song. We can. I don’t know how, but we’ll figure it out. We’re not really focused on that. That’s all good, but we’re trying to think about basketball.”
And here’s a few morning links:
— Here’s our story about Husky fans expectations and the results from the poll we conducted earlier this week.
— Washington isn’t the only team in the Pac-10 hosting a Midnight Madness. Washington State is putting on a similar show tonight. The Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams are coordinating efforts in the show.
— Oregon isn’t calling it Midnight Madness, but the Ducks are hosting an open practice tonight for fans at McArthur Court.
— California begins practice today, but the Bears hold their first open-scrimmage Tuesday for fans. Stanford has an identical early schedule to practice.
— UCLA players sent birthday wishes to legendary Bruins coach John Wooden who turned 99 on Wednesday.
— In case you missed it earlier in the week, Quincy Pondexter chatted with KJR’s Dave Mahler and Elise Woodward.