Flames, fireworks, and fans—the Friday, Oct. 19 Black and Gold Blowout at Carver-Hawkeye Arena delivered an explosive launch for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season.
For more photos from a big Hawkeye sports weekend, see this gallery from the Saturday, Oct. 20 football game against Penn State.
It was the first Blowout since 2007, and nearly 6,000 fans turned out to meet players and coaches. The players took to the court for three-point shot and dunk contests, ball-handling tricks, scrimmages, and more.
Click the photos below for a glimpse of the big event.