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Basketball reaches 'Madness'

March 20, 2003

By Rich Vana

Baylor is not going to miss out on March Madness.

Baylor's intramural 'Big Monday' will feature the best intramural five-on-five basketball teams on campus Monday in the McLane Student Life Center.

The tournament is formatted similarly to the round-robin style of the NCAA and is expected to be highly competitive and exciting.

'The level of competition here takes a backseat to no other college in the country,' Kevin Engelbrecht, coordinator of intramural sports, said.

'With the crowds that come out to see it, it really is March Madness.'

The high level of the teams' talent often makes the outcome of the games uncertain until the last seconds.

'Eight to 10 clubs could win it all,' Engelbrecht said.

'The parity really is amazing.'

The tournament includes 51 men's teams and 22 women's teams, the best of which will be meeting Monday in the SLC.

Though the teams are so competitive, perhaps the most anticipated games by the spectators and the players are those featuring the team The Boyz.

The Boyz team has a winning streak that extends over three intramural seasons, though for the first three they were called Ivory Boys.

Despite the fact that defeating The Boyz may seem a daunting task, Engelbrecht said people should remember that anything could happen this year.

Among the teams vying for a chance at the championships in their respective divisions are the women's open teams Thirsty Camels and Do or Die; the residence hall teams North Russell Bombers and the South Russell Spirit; and the women's club teams Baylor Crew and Alpha Phi Omega.

The rest of the divisions will determine their championship games today in the SLC.

'Monday should draw a lot of fan support,' Caitlin McDaniel, a graduate assistant in the intramural department, said. 'Five-on-five basketball is one of our biggest sports.'

Men's and women's teams involved in 'Big Monday' are sorted into five groups -- Greek, open, club, division two and residence halls.

Of these teams Engelbrecht said two will go to a national competition, where he expects them to do very well.

Monday's activities are not limited to five-on-five basketball, however.

A slam-dunk competition and three-point shot contest will be held at 6 p.m.

'It's going to be really interesting to see what some of those guys come up with,' McDaniel said.

'It's going to be fun to watch.'

The top three qualifiers for the slam-dunk competition and the top four men and women from the three-point contest will move on to the all-university competition.

The action is set for 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday.