Big Blue Nation was treated to the Big Blue Bahamas tour in August of this year, giving fans a preview of the team with scrimmages among pro teams throughout the world. The Big Blue Bahamas tour was a success, UK fans filled the Atlantis Resort, but tickets were far too expensive to the common basketball fan.
Tonight, the team is home at Rupp Arena with 24, die hard Kentucky fans ready to explode as player introductions ensue. The Blue carpet feels like a celebrated movie premiere as the players are treated like celebrities, some even posed for pictures and performed interviews with various media organizations.
Fans in the commonwealth of Kentucky have a general love for the basketball team, and many UK fans have been life- long fans being born and grew up loving the Wildcats. Several Hundred fans attended the event and Bluegrass Sports Nation was on media row, giving our followers the videos of the players entering the arena.
Michael Willis, Mike Cyrus and I David Leveridge, all attended the event, if you missed any of the coverage please check our Facebook site to see videos and pictures of the event. Maxey and Allen are both experiencing the madness for the first times as recruits.
Maxey is one of the top-rated point guard in the class of and is expected to be the future floor general point guard of next years team. Allen has had an impressive summer and being from the state of Kentucky is the first scholarship player to commit to the CATS since Derrick Willis and Dominique both did so in the class of The players were the first to hit the Rupp Arena court.
Eastern Kentucky has 2 females currently rocking the KY blue. Grimes is the leader of the hoops team and will be looked on to carry the scoring load this season for the Hoops team. Grimes also received the loudest ovation from the crowd. With the players being introduced it was time for the always entertaining Coach Mathew Mitchell to enter the arena.
Coach Mitchel stuck to hip hop wearing a backwards flat bill UK hat. Mitchell procced to move onto the court and danced with several UK cheerleaders near center court.
The women played two five-minute quarters. The women competed hard and gave the players an opportunity to play in Rupp Arena, something that rarely happens as the team plays most of their games in Memorial Coliseum.
Blair Green and Maci Grimes each scored several baskets in transition. Grimes star shined the brightest as she leads the hoops team in scoring. UK turned all the lights out in the coliseum, with the only thing being visible is the glow sticks UK gave Rupp Arena Patrons entering the arena.
The Hype video begins with the floor being projected as a full court tv screen. The crowd impatiently watches as the hype video begins. Each player comes out dancing, but the players whose dance moves impressed the crowd the most was Immanuel Quickly, PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson, and senior Johnny David.
With the player introductions over Coach Calipari entered the Arena and delivered his yearly speech at Big Blue Madness. Coach Calipari is coming into his 10th season as the head coach of the most Historic Basketball program in the Country.
Coach Calipari really embraces the challenges and success of being at the helms of the Wildcats.
Cal also stated that he has had guys be drafted in the first round and not even start for the University of Kentucky. Calipari is the master motivator and each player that commits to play for him come out being better players and people. Relive the moments from the speech along with other high lights of the night on our social media site Facebook Bluegrass Sports Nation.
The Wildcats had two events that were new to Big Blue Madness , the events were the 3pt contest and dunk contest. The Three- point contest featured eight players with each two players shooting for 30 seconds at each end of the floor. The three- point contest come down to a finals battle between Two freshmen Tyler Herro and Immanuel Quickly.
Herro had 21 made shots in the preliminary round, Quickly had 20 made shots in the preliminary round. In the finals of the three- point contest suspense builds as both players were heading into the last rack of balls with identical scores of Quickly trailing by one knocks down his last shot the money ball, and defeats Herro with the score Quickly Herro In the dunk contest 3 players each had 3 dunks with twitter determining the ultimate winner.
J Washington. Herro looked nervous and unsure in the dunk contest who only completed two of the three dunks. The battle for dunk champion was played between Johnson and Washington.
Each player provided spectacular dunks that electrified the crowd. One dunk that stood out is Johnson jumping over teammate Quade Green. The crowd was insane on this dunk, as a loud CATS chant filled the arena.
Washington topped the dunk by jumping over 2 Basketball managers. Both players completed spectacular dunks to finish the dunk contest, but in the end, Washington was chose as the Dunk Champion.
Scrimmage- The teams were divided into a Blue and a white team.
Starting for the Blue team were Quade Green, P. Montgomery and Jemarl Baker. Watching the scrimmage, it was apparent that no defense was going to be played and the game would consist of uncontested dunks and sloppy play.
Washington the Sophomore edition looks like a completely different player. Washington is now lean in a lot better shape and tonight looked like an elite College Forward.
With remaining in the scrimmage Coach Calipari had enough of the lazy non-existent defense. Calipari stops the game with the Blue Team leading over the White team.
Big Blue Madness was a fun event to attend, but the lack of traditional basketball play provided some boring basketball.
The Highlights of the night were the player introductions, the projection of the court, and realizing that basketball season is now here as this was the first official practice of the season. Kentucky is going be a fun team to watch and cover, as the Quest for Championship 9 begins now.
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