LEXINGTON, Ky. – Even with an online-only distribution this year, Big Blue Nation wasted no time snatching all tickets to this season’s Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s.
Due to health and safety measures, tickets were distributed exclusively online at Ticketmaster.com and through the Ticketmaster app starting Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Tickets were still free this year.
In just under an hour, Big Blue Nation claimed all tickets available online, preparing for a much-anticipated, sold-out kickoff for Kentucky’s 2021-22 men’s and women’s basketball seasons. . The event will take place on October 15 at the Rupp Arena at 7 p.m.
For fans who were unable to claim tickets, SEC Network will broadcast the two-hour event live.
UK Athletics strongly encourages fans not to buy or sell their Big Blue Madness tickets. Additionally, ticket holders should be aware of the potential risks of posting photos of their tickets, especially the barcode, on the internet in any way. For more information on ticket security, visit UKathletics.com/TicketSecurity. All customers need a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of their age.
Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s will feature presentations from the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos and more. This will be the 16th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena. Last year’s event was held at Memorial Coliseum as a fan-only TV event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All customers need a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of their age.
While continuing to monitor the latest health and safety guidelines from local and national authorities, UK Athletics plans to operate venues at full capacity this season, including at Big Blue Madness.
Regardless of immunization status, all guests, staff and vendors will be required to wear a mask when visiting the Rupp Arena. Fans will not be required to show proof of vaccination to enter Rupp Arena, but face coverings – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all fans when watching the game from their assigned seat and entering. , come out and move around the Rupp Arena. Children 2 and under will not be required to wear a mask. If spectators cannot wear masks, they are encouraged not to attend matches in person for the sake of their own health and that of others.
For fans attending Big Blue Madness and all 2021-22 events at Rupp Arena this season, all items are searchable for safety reasons and the Southeastern Conference’s clear bag policy is in effect. square. Backpacks and large bags are prohibited. Guests may enter the Rupp Arena with a clear bag measuring no more than 12 “x 6” x 12 “plus a small pouch that is no larger than 4.5” x 6.5 “. A clear bag must be clear of top to bottom and a 2 ‘Trims / borders are generally acceptable. To expedite entry into the Rupp Arena, fans are encouraged not to bring a bag to sporting events at the Rupp Arena.
The men will enter the 2022-2022 season as Final Four contenders with one of the most experienced teams in the country. The UK roster currently includes one sixth year graduate, one fifth year graduate, one redshirt junior, six juniors, one sophomore redshirt, two sophomores and three four and five star freshmen very touted.
Jean CalipariThe s team will surrender 42.1% of their minutes, 41.9% of their score, 39.0% of rebounds, 42.4% of assists and 60.6% of 3 points from a season. For comparison, the only two Kentucky teams coached by Calipari that reported more minutes and more points (in terms of percentages) than the 2021-22 team is expected to return were the 2011-12 National Championship team and the 2014-15 Final Four team. who started the season 38-0.
Adding the Wildcats’ four transfers to the equation, Kentucky’s current roster for 2021-22 includes 13,385 minutes, 5,203 points, 1,917 rebounds, 1,132 assists and 543 3-point total in the production of college basketball.
It was a successful first season for the Kentucky women’s basketball program under the direction of the head coach Kyra elzy, which led Kentucky to a Top 20 list in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today / Coaches Top 25 throughout the season. Elzy became the first British women’s basketball head coach to lead her team to the NCAA tournament in her first season at the helm.
In the 2020-21 season, Kentucky beat five ranked opponents, including back-to-back against top 15 teams for the first time since 2013. Both wins led to Elzy being named ESPNW National Coach of the Week and the United States. The Basketball Writers Association have named Great Britain as their very first Team of the Week. The UK was one of 10 teams in the country to have four wins against the top 25 NCAA NET teams entering the tournament.
The Wildcats will return a large chunk of their 2020-21 season production, including the consensus All-America first-team winner Rhyne howard. Howard averaged 20.7 points per game last season, adding 7.3 rebounds per game and 91 assists, the team’s best. Kentucky’s third, fourth and fifth-leading scorers also return in Dreuna Edwards, Robyn benton and Blair Green. Guard point Jazmine Massengill, who missed the first half of the season due to NCAA transfer rules after finishing second on the team in assists per game. In total, the UK returns 70% of their score, 3 points scored and assists, while they report 64% of their rebounds and 60% of their steals.
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