Another Big Blue Madness is in the books, and as usual, it was a memorable night in Rupp Arena.
It started off with the women’s team getting introduced to a rocking crowd, followed by Matthew Mitchell’s annual madness dance, which was an Old Town Road-themed edition this time around.
Famed boxing announcer Bruce Buffer came out to announce the men’s basketball team, followed by John Calipari’s annual State of the Program speech.
We also got to saw a sneak peek of both teams through three-point shooting and dunk contests, as well as some brief team scrimmages, which saw Nick Richards hit two(!) threes. Sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley was the top three-point shooter, while Tyrese Maxey won the dunk contest.
All in all, it was a fun night in Rupp. Here are the best Twitter reactions from the madness:
Kahlil Whitney is wearing Terminator style shades, an Ice Cube t-shirt, and a speaker as a purse on the blue carpet. He is my favorite. pic.twitter.com/AMRz5alqAv— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 11, 2019
Imagine a team with Terrence Clarke, Cade Cunningham and Paolo Banchero. Mercy.
Joel Justus is leading the parade of blue-chip recruits across the court and to their seats for Madness. Cade Cunningham is scanning the arena with his phone. This has been your recruiting update.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 11, 2019
Calipari with the biggest shit-eating grin as he watches Bruce Buffer lose his mind announcing the HOF coach like he's Ali.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 12, 2019
There's Coach Cal's new quote. 7 of the 22 max contracts are Kentucky Wildcats.— Jax Teller (@jaxteller_KY) October 12, 2019
“The greatest tradition in the history of college basketball is right here.”— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) October 12, 2019
-Coach Cal, certified pic.twitter.com/omh1QhCrBS
Immanuel Quickley defends his 3 point title and breaks out the James Harden on the money ball. pic.twitter.com/lDpwShIw21— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 12, 2019
I'm a fan of the Karate Kid-style headband Ashton Hagans has adopted. Also, 16 of the first 19 points in this mini-scrimmage were dunks/layups.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 12, 2019
Naturally, 7-footer Nick Richards has made a 3-pointer and Nate Sestina has windmill dunk.
Calipari rocking blue DJ Khaled Jordan 3's pic.twitter.com/M3DaOdp8XU— . (@LilJoeBHall) October 12, 2019
Nate Sestina, the wily veteran, knows exactly how to play to his audience. Dribbles deliberately to the 'A' in Rupp Arena (DEEP) and drains the three. The spots up from the same distance on the other side and drains it.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 12, 2019
First-half MVP of this six-minute "scrimmage."
Nate Sestina from waaaay downtown. pic.twitter.com/5yqS9h1UQJ— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) October 12, 2019
Calipari casually flaunting that national championship ring in front of Terrence Clarke, Paolo Banchero, and Lance Ware, who seem amused. pic.twitter.com/PlYOpWMVpI— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 12, 2019
Rupp Arena has nearly cleared out, but Cade Cunningham has hung around to take pictures with fans for 15 minutes. Kentucky staff eventually had to usher him to the back.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 12, 2019
And here is the new intro video played for the men’s team: