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John Calipari says only UK could get 13,000 for intrasquad scrimmage

Nick Richards and Tyrese Maxey defend Immanuel Quickley. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

I’ve never quite understood why Big Blue Madness always attracts an enthusiastic capacity crowd that creates more noise than almost any regular-season game and then a week later the Blue-White Game where the players actually play basketball never comes close to the same size crowd.

It happened again Friday night but Kentucky coach John Calipari was not all that disappointed with the crowd for the game.

“Geez, I thought there were 13,000 (fans) and our students weren’t here,” Calipari said. “I will say this: If you go around the country and say it’s your home games, you would average 13,000 (fans), there’s about 250 programs that say, ‘Let me sign on the dotted line.’

“And this is an exhibition against ourselves when I thought we might be playing 4-on-4 because of the injuries, because I couldn’t get Ben (Jordan) to play. He didn’t start practicing with us.

“So this is crazy. I mean, they paid to see us scrimmage. This wasn’t people just walking off the street now. They had to pay to get a ticket to come to the game and 13,000 come; only here could that happen. Only here.
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2 comments

  1. I called the UK ticket office last week and there are NO tickets available for any of the first 10 home games for those needing accessible seating. I haven’t been able to get tickets to a UK Home game since Arkansas beat UK in OT in 2012 or 2013?

    1. According to Catmandoo there will be seats available after 2023.

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