I've really gotta get myself to Michigan State in October before Tom Izzo retires. (Getty Images)
Tom Izzo has become the master of Midnight Madness. Friday night was a pretty good time -- mostly. (Damn those St. Louis Cardinals.) If you were out and actually having a life and wanted to see the best of what happened in hoops, you're in luck. I've pulled a few videos from around the country and also curated Twitter for a few good fan shots, in addition to the national photo hubs. Enjoy a scrapbook of Friday night's embrace to a new hoops season. It feels great to be back.
Great fan shot from the start of the chaos in Breslin Friday night. (via @thathatfield)
Great job by Rush the Court in finding this next video. San Diego State holds contest to win car for making half-court shot. And you know what happens. And you're gonna watch it right now.
You knew Kentucky had to factor into this somehow. Here's the first of two videos. Pretty mesmerizing introduction/what they did with the court. You'll probably wanna watch twice.
The unique setup for Friday, Pitt's outdoor floor, which looked even more gorgeous before everyone arrived. (via Oakland Zoo)
Jamie Dixon is taking cues from Izzo and we're all better for it. Movie themes are money. (via @craven_3)
OK, so this? Could be the video of the weekend. It's UK women's coach Matthew Mitchell, who isn't afraid to dance his butt off in front of thousands -- because the dude has groove. Last year he had a terrific Michael Jackson impression, and this time, it's another flashback. Oh, the music is so bad. But Mitchell makes it better.
In Raleigh, this happened. Yes, that is Mark Gottfried being lowered by harness, saving a culture, basically. (via @willbrinson)
And if Bruce Pearl wants to wear overstated plaid jackets for as long as he's on TV, I'm OK with that. (Also via @willbrinson)
Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and...