Kentucky doesn’t take the floor until Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT (7 ET), but that’s not stopping the Big Blue Nation from scouting potential foes a bit early.
In the SEC Tournament opener between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Missouri Tigers, several hundred Kentucky fans packed the lower bowl of Bridgestone Arena to check out what would be UK’s potential (yet highly unlikely) opponent in the semifinals.
Here are a few more angles of the early batch of attendees, which consists of a wide variety of fans from all 14 SEC teams here in Nashville.
Overall, the crowd turnout is phenomenal, as just about the entire lower bowl and suite level is filled, with fans now trickling into the third level during a “meh” opening-round matchup. In one of the hardest tickets in recent SEC Tournament memory, we’re already seeing the result of that on night one.
As a side note, Devin Booker’s father, Melvin, was also honored at halftime of the first game.
Melvin Booker, who starred at Missouri from 1990-94, was brought out to mid-court as one of the featured “2019 SEC Legends Class” members.
As a senior in the 1993-94 season, Booker averaged 18.1 points per game and managed 143 assists and 41 steals overall, shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 82.3 percent from the free throw line on the year. He led the Tigers to an Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament that season.
Every SEC team has one representative at the tournament and will be honored at halftime of each respective team’s first game. Former Wildcat Johnny Cox will represent Kentucky on Friday afternoon.