On Friday John Calipari and company kicked off the start of the college basketball season with their version of Midnight Madness, Big Blue Madness. Kentucky is coming off a National Championship-winning year so they're allowed to get a little nuts. We're talking hip-hop music nuts.
The celebration of Calipari's first championship as Wildcats coach and expectations for this year's freshmen contributed to an electric atmosphere. Fans went crazy when the arena went dark at 7:30 p.m. and music blared to the entrance of Kentucky's women's team.
They were followed by T-shirt giveaways, 3-point shooting contests and a cheerleader performance that built anticipation for the Wildcats' first practice.
Calipari and his players delivered, whipping up the crowd by entering to smoke machines and hip-hip music, with Goodwin emerging as the team's best dancer so far.
Electric atmosphere is right! But that atmosphere costs money.
Kentucky, fans revel in Big Blue Madness [Daily Independent]