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Kentucky freshman guard Tyrese Maxey going after his piece of the bone against veteran Ashton Hagans

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tyrese Maxey is always smiling but don’t let that grin fool you. Although an upbeat and personable player, the freshman guard hasn’t backed down from anyone on the team, especially veteran sidekick Ashton Hagans. “It’s like two dogs and one bone,” he said. “Two pit bulls going at it … that’s how I describe it. We’re both very competitive and we don’t...

Rupp Arena unveils new upper arena chair-back seating ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today A sea of blue is now deeper at Rupp Arena. On Tuesday, the upper arena chair-back seats were unveiled ahead of Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.  Chair-back seats have replaced bleachers in sections 211 through 217 and sections 228 through 234.  Bleachers will remain in sections 218 – 227 and 235 – 244. Rupp Arena’s new capacity is now 20,545 for basketball,...

UK basketball faces challenging non-conference schedule; Big Blue Madness set for Oct. 11

With the exception of a still-to-be-announced Big 12/SEC Challenge game, the University of Kentucky men’s basketball 2019-20 non-conference schedule was completed Tuesday with five additional games. Already packed with the annual slate of traditional powers and postseason contenders, UK added a multi-team event, the BBN Showcase, and finalized a two-year deal with Georgia Tech from the Atlantic...

A decade later, John Calipari says Kentucky still the “greatest of them all”

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari addresses the crowd during Big Blue Madness Friday night at Rupp Arena. Calipari is entering his 10th season as coach of the Wildcats. (Kentucky Today/Tammie Brown) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been a decade since John Calipari made his first appearance at Big Blue Madness and the Kentucky coach looked ahead to his second decade Friday night. Prior...

Big Blue Madness tickets to go on sale September 28; Television schedule, game times announced

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Tickets for this year’s Big Blue Madness will go on sale at 10 p.m. on Sept. 28 at the Memorial Coliseum ticket off on the Avenue of Champions. Tickets also will be online at Ticketmaster. Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will meet Big Blue Nation during Big Blue Madness on Oct. 12 at Rupp Arena. (Photo by Keith Taylor, Kentucky Today) Big...

Rapper Drake returns to Big Blue Madness as Calipari, Wildcats usher in another new season

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The stage is set and Kentucky is ready to step into the limelight. The Wildcats officially ushered in the new season with the annual Big Blue Madness Friday night, introducing the men’s a women’s basketball teams to thousands of fans. Many of those in attendance filled the street and lot surrounding Memorial Coliseum, known as “Tent City” earlier this month to...

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for Big Blue Madness 2017 available Sept. 29 at Memorial Coliseum

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network. Tickets are free again...

Let the Madness Begin: Tickets for annual tipoff to new Wildcats’ basketball season on sale Sept. 29

Tickets for the 2017 edition of Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available Friday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2017-18 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in...

Instate NCAA Division III rivals Centre, Thomas More to make exhibition appearances vs. Cats in Rupp

In keeping with recent tradition to play at least one university in the state of Kentucky in the preseason, the Kentucky men’s basketball team will face two in-state schools in Thomas More College and Centre College for the 2017-18 exhibition slate. The Wildcats will meet Thomas More on Oct. 27 and Centre on Nov. 3. Both games will be in Rupp Arena. Times and TV designations will be announced at...

Big Blue Madness: New scoreboard, court, family theme usher in new season for Wildcats

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer Kentucky’s version of Hollywood was on display Friday night as the Wildcats stepped out on the blue carpet and onto the court to usher in a new basketball season. It wasn’t the grand entrance that garnered all of the attention, but a new scoreboard outshined and court overshadowed the performers on the main stage Friday night. UK’s annual...

Billy Reed: Lost amidst the hype of a new basketball season — the devaluation of a college degree

The basketball season began in normal fashion at the University of Kentucky. An estimated 90 NBA scouts attended Pro Day Practice to see Coach John Calipari’s latest collection of future millionaires. Another practice was televised nationally by ESPNU for two solid hours. And then there’s the 35th edition of Big Blue Madness, which packs Rupp Arena and cost at least $300,000 to produce. To...

Before the Madness special to air statewide on UK Sports Network Friday

The UK Sports Network will once again air a pre-Big Blue Madness TV special on Friday prior to Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s. “Before the Madness” will be televised live from 5:30-7 p.m. on UK Sports Network select networks. Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s is slated to start at 7 p.m. Before the Madness will feature exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content from...

Jamie Vaught: Big Blue Madness officially kicks off the excitement for hoops-crazy Kentucky fans

This week is a very exciting time for college basketball fans, especially in hoops-crazy Kentucky. As you know, UK is having its annual huge showcase called the Big Blue Madness on Friday night, officially tipping off its 2016-17 campaign, and the rabid fans will be there early to check on the players for the Wildcats’ men and women teams. If you can’t make it, you can watch the 7 p.m. event on...

UK men’s and women’s basketball posters to be distributed at Madness and Kroger

Posters for the 2016-17 Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams were unveiled on Monday. They will be distributed at Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s on Friday and beginning on Saturday morning at Kroger locations throughout the state.   There are four versions of this year’s men’s basketball poster. Each poster is double-sided, with faces of two members of the team on each...

Full House: ‘Tent City’ filled to capacity as fans await tickets to Big Blue Madness

Camping space has reached capacity at the annual campout for tickets to Big Blue Madness. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out. Fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to acquire tickets to the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball...

Camp out for Big Blue Madness begins Wednesday; tickets for Blue-White scrimmage now on sale

Fans looking to secure tickets to Big Blue Madness in person at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions may begin camping out at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Additionally, sidewalks must be kept clear for pedestrians, and all chairs should be moved to the side of the sidewalk farthest from the road.No tents are permitted to be set up prior to 5 a.m. on Wednesday at either designated camping...

Big Blue Madness ticket distribution set for Sept. 30; fans urged to go online to avoid crowds

Tickets for the 2016 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. It will also air live on the SEC Network. Tickets are free again this...

Tickets for UK’s annual Big Blue Madness set to go on sale Sept. 30 at Memorial Coliseum

Tickets for Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Avenue of Champions and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.  Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which...

Date set for Big Blue Madness, exhibition schedule features Clarion and Asbury University

It’s never too early to get excited about next year. Next season officially begins Oct. 14 with the annual Big Blue Madness, introducing the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball teams. Madness will begin at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena on the SEC Network. John Calipari and the Wildcats will play Clarion and Asbury in exhibition games next season (UK Athletics Photo) That’s just the beginning of the...

UK Basketball Notes: CBS Sports Classic tickets on sale; two Cats named to Watch List

Tickets to the 2015 CBS Sports Classic, a college basketball doubleheader featuring perennial powers Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, will go on sale Friday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m.   The second annual event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, starting at 1 p.m. with North Carolina taking on UCLA followed by Ohio State facing Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. CBS...