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40 Days to B1G Basketball: MidKnight Madness

Rutgers gets excited for the upcoming season.

NCAA Basketball: Rutgers at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

In anticipation of the upcoming season, Rutgers basketball hosted MidKnight Madness this past Friday to celebrate the beginning of the 2017-18 season. While we’re still a little over a month away from games, practice officially began this weekend and exhibition games are about a month away,

The event, which was hosted at the RAC, included player introductions, a scrimmage, three-point shooting competition and a slam dunk contest.

Winning the slam dunk contest was sophomore Peter Kiss, who edged Geo Baker.

Senior Jake Dadika, who participated in 11 games last season, won the three-point shooting contest, defeating Arella Guirantes in the final round. Dadika also bested defending champ Issa Thiam, as well as Mike Williams.

Rutgers also hosted a 20 minute scrimmage, with the men’s team playing in the second and fourth quarter while the women’s team played in the first and third quarter. While the black team topped red by the score of 62-37, Rutger’s official site didn’t reveal the rosters for each side.

Rutgers tips off the season in 40 days when they host CCNY (City College of New York). They’ll spend the entire month of November at home, including a game against Florida State at the end of the month in the 2017 Big Ten / ACC Challenge.

The Scarlet Knights will try to climb out of last place in the conference for the first time in their fourth season as a Big Ten member. Last year’s team won 15 games, a considerable improvement in Steve Pikiell’s first season in Piscataway.