LEXINGTON, Ky. – Posters for the 2018-19 Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams were unveiled Tuesday. They will be distributed at Big Blue Madness presented by Papa John’s on Friday and beginning Saturday morning at Kroger locations throughout the state.
The men’s basketball poster – which will be available this weekend – features UK’s season-long “Dream Big” theme with the entire team and head coach John Calipari reimagined as caricatures inspired by the style of popular 1990s-era basketball posters. It features original artwork by renowned sports illustrator and self-proclaimed “vector monster” Rob Zilla (Robert Generette III) in his first work with a college program after previously doing illustrations for multiple NBA teams.
The women’s basketball poster features UK’s entire team in front of the season’s theme, “poWEr.” The theme suggests the strength it will take from everyone involved in the Kentucky women’s basketball program to achieve their collective goals, from the team to the coaches to the fans to the community.
Fans attending Big Blue Madness at 7 p.m. on Friday will be the first to receive the men’s poster and the women’s poster. Each fan will receive one men’s poster and one women’s poster upon exiting Rupp Arena on Friday evening.
The posters will then be available for free in more than 100 Kroger stores, including every Kentucky location. Limited quantities are available in each store, so fans are recommended to pick up their posters as early as possible after they become available on Saturday.
Big Blue Madness, set for Friday, will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos and more. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m.
Free tickets for Big Blue Madness, which were distributed two weeks ago in person at Memorial Coliseum and online, sold out in less than 40 minutes. This will be the 14th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.