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First practices not so much 'midnight' but plenty of 'madness'

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:19 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

The idea took root at third base.

Jay Wright hugged the bag and rapper Lloyd Banks held him on during a celebrity softball game for Tim Thomas' charity.

The two got to chatting about basketball, Wright's full-time job and Banks' part-time passion, and the Villanova coach half-jokingly told Banks he ought to attend Hoops Mania, the Wildcats' version of Midnight Madness.

Before Wright could head for home, Banks said he'd be there.

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