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LOOK: Star-studded guests grace Rupp Arena’s presence during Alabama game

Rupp Arena had 20,407 fans in attendance for UK’s noon game against Alabama Saturday, and there were plenty of big names in the house. KSR’s photographer Dr. Mike captured the star-studded guests.

Former Wildcat Reggie Hanson served as the honorary “Y” for the game and was greeted by the BBN’s roaring applause. The Pulaski County High School product played at Kentucky under Rick Pitino from 1986-91, finishing his career with 1,167 points and two All-SEC honors (in 1990 and ’91). After his professional basketball career, Hanson spent seven years as one of the Wildcats’ assistant coaches under Tubby Smith.

He also recently published a book, titled “10 Life Lessons: Learned as a Student-Athlete.”

UK cheerleading coach Jomo Thompson looked on while his team performed their championship routine for the halftime crowd at Rupp Arena. The team will begin their quest for their 25th National Championship next week.

To see their full (and incredible) routine, click here.

When Coach Mark Stoops made it on the jumbotron during the game, Rupp Arena, well, erupted. The football coach came to Saturday’s basketball game sporting his new Belk Bowl pullover. Flex.

Alex Francke, a University of Kentucky graduate and the current wearer of the Miss Kentucky crown, performed the national anthem before tip off for the BBN. She also sang the anthem one day earlier, before the UK Gymnastics team’s annual Excite Night.

Last but certainly not least, 2020 five-star power forward Greg Brown was in Rupp Arena for the matchup. KSR’s recruiting expert Jack Pilgrim tweeted updates on Brown’s trip during and after the game. He’ll have more on KSR about the visit soon.

To see the rest of Dr. Mike’s amazing pictures from the game, check out his album on the KSR Facebook page here.

The Cats now have a two-game road stretch (against South Carolina and Arkansas) before returning home for a rematch against Georgia. Maybe we’ll see even more fan favorites in attendance when Tom Crean and Anthony Edwards come to town on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)