The 2021-22 college basketball season is right around the corner, and the Big Blue Nation had their first opportunity to see both the men’s and women’s Kentucky Wildcats basketball rosters at Friday night’s Big Blue Madness.
The women’s team is coming off an 18-9 record (9-6 in SEC) in 2020-21 and are looking to have another great season.
On the men’s side, the Cats are coming off a 9-16 record (8-9 in SEC) in a year that everyone wants to forget. However, John Calipari and his staff have reloaded and are looking to bounce back in 2021.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the events of the night.
The team has arrived at the @donfranklinauto Blue Carpet at #BBM21 pic.twitter.com/Im0HKqirSL— Kentucky WBB (@KentuckyWBB) October 15, 2021
The 2021-22 squad is here pic.twitter.com/EuTuYrJAw9— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 15, 2021
#5 #BBM pic.twitter.com/yvHcRb0udw— Lonnie Rowe (@coachrowe20) October 15, 2021
Festivities beginning for Big Blue Madness pic.twitter.com/DAonEbmyAV— John Huang (@KYHuangs) October 15, 2021
Kyra Elzy descends from the rafters to the Wonder Woman soundtrack. Pretty, pretty cool. #BBM— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 15, 2021
A hell of a Big Blue Madness debut by Kyra Elzy. pic.twitter.com/rkAMuvyRWK— Zack Geoghegan (@ZGeogheganKSR) October 15, 2021
It’s wild in here. pic.twitter.com/TMR7NCAOCb— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) October 15, 2021
Not the kindest of irons in the women's 3-point contest. Blair Green squeaks past Rhyne Howard 12-11.— John Huang (@KYHuangs) October 15, 2021
Getting ready for #BigBlueMadness ⛹ pic.twitter.com/4XJzcFKvhD— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) October 15, 2021
Sahvir Wheeler downplayed the injury to his left ankle area that he sustained near the end of the Pro Day practice opened to the media. "If the national championship was tomorrow, I'd be playing," he said.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) October 15, 2021
Kentucky’s BBM intro video includes the De’Aaron Fox/Bam Adebayo crying locker room clip AND Terrence Clarke.— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 15, 2021
Dontaie Allen being introduced during Grove Street Party was the crossover episode I didn’t know I needed pic.twitter.com/CNj1nSeyOg— Maggie Davis (@MaggieDavisTV) October 16, 2021
Dontaie Allen read the room pretty well when choosing his intro song.— Owen (@75toRupp) October 16, 2021
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John Calipari gives a shoutout to Darius Miller, Jodie Meeks, Wayne Turner, Goose Givens and Dominique Hawkins, who are all here tonight.— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) October 16, 2021
For the last 12 years, Iv felt like Cal was always talking to the recruits during these speeches… but this one is to the fans, it’s like hes bringing flowers for last years #bbn— Big Blue Breakdown (@BlueBreakdown) October 16, 2021
John Calipari with Terrence Clarke’s family. pic.twitter.com/sFz3NXSXnb— Tom Hart (@tom_hart) October 16, 2021
UK team gives family a pair of shoes, one which has Clarke's photo on it and the other his No. 5.— Jerry Tipton (@JerryTipton) October 16, 2021
Awesome gesture by Calipari and UK Basketball to honor Terrence Clarke like this— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) October 16, 2021
Not going to lie. When @UKCoachCalipari introduced Terrence Clarke’s family, it put a tear in my eye.— Michael Bennett (@justthecatradio) October 16, 2021
Terrence Clarke's family is in attendance at Big Blue Madness. They received a huge ovation from the Kentucky crowd and a gift from the team. pic.twitter.com/0Sa0Ok3UWZ— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 16, 2021
Coach Cal honors Terrence Clarke and his family pic.twitter.com/ZeH8TqvxIb— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 16, 2021
CJ Fredrick got a nice little "ooh" from the fanbase after knocking down a couple big 3-pointers in warmups. First time BBN gets to see the Iowa transfer in action.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) October 16, 2021
CJ Fredrick defeats TyTy Washington in the finals of the 3-Point shootout with 22 in the final round.— TheCatsPause247 (@TheCatsPause247) October 16, 2021
Jacob Toppin isn’t fair.— Bryan Kennedy (@BKennedyTV) October 16, 2021
Jacob Toppin wins slam-dunk competition. Toppin is still hoppin (sorry).— John Huang (@KYHuangs) October 16, 2021
.@KellanGrady31’s reaction to @Jtoppin0’s dunk pic.twitter.com/FGvauubHtc— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) October 16, 2021
Looking good in blue, @cj_fredrick pic.twitter.com/vYJv8f8Cdi— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 16, 2021
Booing the refs are back!!— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) October 16, 2021
Kentucky fans booing the refs during a scrimmage #onbrand #bbn— Dr.SicilianoCalipari (@TheErinCalipari) October 16, 2021
A full Rupp Arena just feels right.— Kentucky Men’s Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 16, 2021
We you #BBN pic.twitter.com/nqMj33mUB8
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