Cyclone star Georges Niang lobbied for it on Twitter.
Now his wish — and probably yours, too — is reality.
Iowa State athletics announced this morning that the men’s basketball program will host a "Hilton Madness" event at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at Hilton Coliseum.
Bill Fennelly‘s women’s team will also take part in the showcase.
Niang wanted "Midnight Madness" type hoopla.
But we’re sure 6 p.m. will do.
As the release states, "admission is free; you just have to bring the magic!"
Niang loves that magic. It’s one of the reasons he wanted one of these types of events so common among high-profile programs to become feasible at ISU — and now it is.
"I just fell in love with the university and what it had to offer me," Niang said about his school in a recent interview.
He shared the love by spurring on interest in this event.
Niang sent out a Tweet Monday to gauge possible support for "Hilton Madness."
It quickly had thousands of retweets and favorites.
Here’s more info, per the release, on "Hilton Madness":
From ISU sports information:
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State Men’s & Women’s Basketball arrives in Hilton Coliseum early this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Oct. 18 (6 p.m.) for Hilton Madness!
Admission is free; you just have to bring the magic! This new and exciting event will be your first opportunity to meet the men’s and women’s basketball teams and features a 3-point shooting competition, dunk contest and autograph session.
Following the event, fans are encouraged to stay and watch the Cyclone football game at Texas (7 p.m.) on the videoboard.
5:30 p.m. Doors Open to the Public
– South, Lower West and North Doors
6:00 p.m. Hilton Madness Begins
– Team Introductions
– 2013-14 NCAA Tournament Banners
– 3-Point Shooting Competition
– Dunk Contest
7:00 p.m. Football Game Watch
– Iowa State vs. Texas displayed on videoboard
7:30 p.m. Autograph Session Begins (in Johnny’s)
– The line for the autograph session will form along the inner-concourse.