Ghosts, Goblins and Basketballs

Oct. 31, 2006

IOWA CITY — There were ghosts. There were goblins. And, of course, there were basketball players.

Where were they? At Carver-Hawkeye Arena Sunday evening for the third annual Halloween Hoops event staged by the University of Iowa men’s basketball team.

The crowd of more than 500 – many little more than three-feet tall and all decked out in their costume of choice for Halloween 2006 – assembled for the last 30 minutes of the Hawkeyes’ team practice, tours of the team’s locker room and training facilities, autographs, photographs, team posters, and, of course, candy.

A handful of really lucky ones walked away with tickets to the Hawkeyes game against intastrate rival Northern Iowa in December.

“Halloween Hoops is one of those special events that’s just as much fun for our guys as it is for the youngsters who come to Carver,” said UI Head Coach Steve Alford, who served as emcee for the event, introducing each of the members of the 2006-07 Iowa squad to the fans in attendance in addition to providing an overview for the season to come.

Alford’s squad plays its only public exhibition event Friday, Nov. 10, against Buena Vista. That game begins at 7 p.m. in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and fans of the Hawkeyes who present their game ticket for the Iowa-Wisconsin football game the following day at historic Kinnick Stadium will be admitted free to the basketball game.

Iowa opens its 2006-07 season Monday, Nov. 13, against The Citadel. The Hawkeyes will follow that contest with five road games.