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9 Great Moments From Big Blue Madness

Because it’s better than talking about football.



1. The floor transformation was the coolest thing you’ll ever see.

Cawood’s Court was transformed into a 94-foot projection screen for the men’s basketball team’s introductions.

It’s not even fair anymore. Kentucky is the gold standard.


2. Archie Goodwin dancing to “Swag Me Out.”


3. The video montage to end the night

It didn’t air on TV or online, unfortunately; only those in Rupp Arena got to see the lengthy tribute to Kentucky basketball, which included a replay of “One Shining Moment” and other highlights from the John Calipari Era.

I want it on DVD.


4. Dunks.

And dunks.

And dunks.


5. The players’ intro music

Kyle Wiltjer went with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” while Jon Hood surprised everyone by coming out to Nelly, not Eddie Montgomery.


6. Willie Cauley-Stein’s dunk over Nerlens Noel

It was the first and last time anyone will ever dunk on Nerlens.



7. Matthew Mitchell’s Hammer Time

Gangnam Style was the heavy favorite for his annual Madness performance, but it was Hammer Time once Coach Mitchell was introduced to the crowd. It wasn’t quite the Michael Jackson tribute of 2011, but it was pretty close.

The guy sure knows how to have fun and put on a good show for Big Blue Nation.


8. Brian Long’s two-handed slam during warm-ups

I hope he appreciated the boost he got from Alex Poythress.


9. Former UK greats re-raising the eight NCAA banners

Coach Cal brought out Joe B. Hall, Wah Wah Jones, Derek Anderson, Ron Mercer, Jeff Sheppard, Kyle Macy, Goose Givens, Cliff Hagan, Vernon Hatton, and Odie Smith to help him re-raise Kentucky’s eight national championship banners in Rupp Arena.

On a night to kick off the new season and meet the new team, a tribute to the past stole the show.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for 9 Great Moments From Big Blue Madness

  1. Walter Sobchak
    8:41 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hahaha I laughed out loud at #8

  2. Cat In The ATL
    8:58 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    NBA teams have been doing the projections onto the courts for a while now.

  3. Buckwild
    9:05 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Really nice to see Thunder and Lightning out there again on the court.

  4. Mike
    9:28 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    MM over guys…let’s move on and kick this FB can down the road. K-state has entered the Top 5 this week and UK solidifies it’s position in bottom 5 of the world. The BBN will not rest until Barnfart shows he has the cuhunas to do the right thing. Each week, each game he hurts his reputation by prolonging this disaster.

  5. Iucansukabigblue...
    9:47 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    There its no way #9 should be number nine. I loved seeing the former Champions all together at center court. You could really see how they respected each other being party of a special group. It made it priceless to me. And great to see Mercer back.

    Go Big Blue!!!

  6. Iucansukabigblue...
    9:54 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Part* error from above.

    I would not see how you could play anywhere else. The love and respect that is shown to anyone that has ever been fortunate enough to put on the blue and white. I don’t think any other school loves the players and the tradition like we do. No even close. It’s one of a kind.

  7. LuvDaCats
    10:21 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Cal, you bringing the former cats to raise the banner is nothing but a class act.

  8. #Rise
    10:31 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    I hope Brian Long appreciates this

  9. kyboy3234
    2:51 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    what was the song that twany came out to!!!

  10. Nerlen's Flat Top
    4:13 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    There has to be somewhere to see the video that was shown at the end. No one recorded it??!

  11. Cat Fan
    1:06 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Do you have a link to the video from the end of the night?