We are officially an hour away from tip-off in Kentucky’s matchup with Vanderbilt this evening, and we’re here to give you all of the last-minute updates you need to get prepared.
The Hard Hats Are Out
Kentucky is trying to set a Guinness World Record this evening, and according to the investigative journalism by our very own Maggie Davis, it looks like it will be for the “Largest gathering of people wearing safety helmets” record. What will they have to beat? The record is currently held by the Ministry of the Interior in the United Arab Emirates, set with a gathering of 3,929 people in helmets back in 2016.
Here is what they’ll look like:
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) January 10, 2019
People are pouring into Rupp Arena for the game, and the entire lower level is lined with the special edition UK hard hats to help break the record:
That’s a lot of hard hats pic.twitter.com/wg7CbyhXB0
— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) January 12, 2019
Unfortunately for those in the upper arena, only the lower bowl will be receiving one.
The record is ours, BBN.
Pregame Practice Footage
John Calipari and his coaching staff have been busy this afternoon preparing the team for their late-night matchup with Vanderbilt.
The Kentucky men’s basketball Twitter account released a few pieces of practice footage to hold you over until tip:
Can we speed this up and get to 8:30 already? ? pic.twitter.com/YZlCuYsxq3
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 12, 2019
We know it all starts on the defensive end that’s why defense continues to be a point of emphasis every time we touch the floor. pic.twitter.com/P2eSufNq1b
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 11, 2019
Joel Justus and TJ Beisner break things down on the Behind Kentucky Basketball Podcast
You have some time to spare, why not listen to two guys from behind the scenes talk about their previous matchup with Texas A&M and what to look forward to tonight (among other silliness)?
UK assistant coach Joel Justus and CoachCal.com editor TJ Beisner give you an inside look at the program in the Behind Kentucky Basketball Podcast here:
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) January 9, 2019
#TheJourney – Texas A&M Edition
One of our favorite traditions this season has been #TheJourney series released by the KYWildcatsTV video crew each week following their big victories. In it, we get to see the locker room conversations, highlights, and postgame celebrations, among other things.
They released yet another one following their victory over Texas A&M, and it’s just as awesome as you’d expect.
Take a look:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) January 10, 2019
Let’s get this money.