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The history behind Big Blue Madness

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The history behind Big Blue Madness

By Hayes Gardner sports@kykernel.com Like the tip-off signals the start of a basketball game, the UK basketball season officially begins with Big Blue Madness. Across the nation, “madness” can be found in many college arenas in mid-October, but UK has a history of putting on a memorable show. UK typically impresses its supporters with new […]

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Women’s hoops shares center stage at Madness

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Women’s hoops shares center stage at Madness

Last March, the UK women’s basketball team quietly prepared for its own NCAA tournament run. One night after the UK men’s basketball team’s season ended, the Cats took the court in the Elite Eight, one game short of a trip to the Final Four at the Alamodome. Despite coming up short that night, the Elite […]

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It’s only practice, but this one is for the fans

Practice?  We’re talking about practice here. To take the words of Allen Iverson, the only thing occurring tonight in Lexington is practice. Yet, Rupp Arena will be dressed up for UK fans to cheer for the new favorite coach, the new freshman and hopes of possibly a Final Four this year.  So what makes tonight […]

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Big Blue Madness saturates airwaves

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Anyone not inside Rupp Arena shouldn’t have any trouble finding coverage to watch. Big Blue Madness is being broadcast on ESPNU, Fox Sports South and Big Blue Sports Network. It will also be streamed live, for free, on UKathletics.com and ESPN3.com. Basically, it’s almost impossible to miss if you want to watch. ESPNU coverage UK […]

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Wall’s dance craze helped rejuvenate UK

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Wall’s dance craze helped rejuvenate UK

You only get one chance at a first impression. And last year, John Wall made the most of his. “A 6-foot-4 freshman from Raleigh, North Carolina, No. 11, John Wall.” The moment the words rang through Rupp Arena at last year’s Big Blue Madness, the fireworks and fog cleared to show the freshman phenom unleashing […]

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Who’s attending Big Blue Madness?

Kanter’s status uncertain UK freshman Enes Kanter may or may not be participating in Big Blue Madness. Kanter had been granted a waiver to continue practicing with UK, but the 45-day time limit ran out Sept. 30. It is unknown whether he will be able to participate or appear at Madness. “We don’t know,” UK […]

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The Edge: UK vs. South Carolina

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The UK defense has yet to a hold a Southeastern Conference opponent to less than 37 points and given up an average of 429 yards per game the last three contests. Because the UK offense continues to hum along, this week’s Edge will focus on the three South Carolina playmakers the Cats have to shut […]

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Lighting struck all around the UK Soccer Complex Wednesday night, but after two overtimes and the storm settled, a 1-1 draw was the result. A Conference USA match that featured UK (4-6-2, 1-1-1 C-USA) versus conference leading No. 22 University of Central Florida (8-2-1, 4-0-1 C-USA) was also accompanied by a heavy storm. The game […]

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Another chance to snap a streak

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Another chance to snap a streak

UK has played a Steve Spurrier-coached team 17 times. UK has lost to those Spurrier-coached teams 17 times. The Cats (3-3, 0-3 SEC) take on South Carolina a week after the Gamecocks recorded a victory against then-No. 1 Alabama, a win Spurrier called the biggest in school history. His sideline opponent joked about the gravity […]

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Cats’ corners hope to avoid repeat success by Jeffery

The UK defense has had to match up with more than its fair share of elite wide receivers in the last two seasons. The Cats have had to account for Alabama’s Julio Jones and Georgia’s A.J. Green, but neither of those players gave the secondary fits like a little-known freshman did last year in Columbia, […]

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