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The days are getting a bit chillier, which means basketball season is heating up. This Friday’s Beaver Madness marks the ceremonial kick-off to the start of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons at MIT, two campaigns that should be jam-packed with excitement.

The women’s squad boasts a great mix of veteran leadership this season along with a highly prized recruiting class. The Engineers notched key wins over WPI and Springfield last season, as well as a double-overtime thriller versus Wheaton College. During their trip to California, they womped MIT’s cross-country academic rival, CalTech, 100-26. Expect to see some even bigger wins this year from the women’s squad.

The men’s team is coming off an incredible 29-2 season, which saw them advance all the way to the Final Four in Salem, Virginia where they were one game away from the National Championship. The Engineers were ranked as high as #3 in the country last year, and are #1 in the national preseason rankings. This year, they are returning almost all of their firepower while adding one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Having advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the past four years, the Engineers have established themselves as a basketball powerhouse.

Needless to say, it is a great time to be a Beaver Basketball fan. In fact, it’s a great time to be a Beaver sports fan in general, with numerous teams dominating their respective sports. This Friday night at 7 p.m., the MIT Football team takes on Salve Regina in their last home game of the season. Immediately following the game at 10 p.m. in Rockwell Cage, Beaver Madness promises high-flying slam dunks, a faculty showdown, and prizes for fans.