UK Hoops ready to share the spotlight at Madness

By Les Johns | sports@kykernel.com

The UK Hoops team will hit the Rupp Arena floor Friday night at Big Blue Madness excited to see the fans — and potentially, some new dance moves from head coach Matthew Mitchell.

Kastine Evans, a sophomore guard, said that while the women’s players delivered Qdoba to the record-setting group of fans camping out for Madness tickets, she noticed everybody recognized their faces and were excited about their upcoming season.

Freshman guard Bria Goss said when she saw how much the fans are into the event, it got her even more excited.

“The impact we have on people is what really touched me,” Goss said.

Junior forward Brittany Henderson said the team appreciates the support it receives from both the community and the student body.

The team’s slogan is: “Right team. Right place. Right now.”

With a mix of experienced returnees and a highly ranked recruiting class, the deep and talented roster has many believing this could be a special year for the team.

“I can’t wait to see all the fans and show them what we’ve been working on this offseason,” Henderson said.

Last year at Big Blue Madness, the team came dancing out to individual introductions from Washington Wizards disc jockey Big Tigger. The culmination was head coach Mitchell breaking out the “Dougie,” amazing the team and the Rupp Arena crowd.

Mitchell’s contribution to the festivities this year is still under wraps.

“I heard he’s been working on his dance moves,” Henderson said. “It’ll be a surprise for all of us.”

When asked what Mitchell had in store for Madness this year, Goss said, “Guess you’ll just have to wait and see.”

Amy Maxwell says:

No disrespect to the women’s team, but 99% of the people at madness are there for the men’s team.  Last year at Big Blue Madness it was dead in Rupp while the women’s team was on the court.