Kentucky, fans revel in Big Blue Madness

By Gary Graves

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 8:10 p.m. MDT

Memebers of Kentucky's previous national championship teams re-raise the banners during Kentucky's NCAA college basketball Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

James Crisp, Associated Press

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Repeating his take that Kentucky fans are crazy during Big Blue Madness, Wildcats coach John Calipari also acknowledged their justification to go wild.

And as a group of Wildcats legends raised the school's eighth national championship banner to the Rupp Arena rafters Friday night, so did fans' enthusiasm.

Calipari marked the start of practice by recognizing the latest contribution to Kentucky's proud tradition, hoping it motivates this year's squad to continue it.

Kentucky's latest recruits appeared ready to do that.

A capacity crowd was introduced to much-heralded big men Nerlens Noel and Willie Cauley-Stein, forward Alex Poythress and guard Archie Goodwin. Transfers Julius Mays and Ryan Harrow also debuted.

Cauley-Stein's White squad held off Noel's Blue team 56-55 in the scrimmage.

Kentucky opens Nov. 9 against Maryland.

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