Early Wednesday, Kentucky fans proved their devotion to their favorite squad when they grabbed their tents and camped out for Big Blue Madness tickets that won’t be distributed until Saturday morning. Well, it's definitely not the only feverish fan base in America. Wisconsin, Kentucky’s foe in last year’s Final Four, began selling tickets for its “Grateful Red” student section at 7 a.m. Wednesday. At 7:05 a.m., the school had sold all 2,100 available student-section tickets, according to a release from the school.
The 2014-15 college basketball season begins next month. And the preseason buzz continues to grow as it approaches. In Kentucky, it’s exploding. Makes sense. The Wildcats are coming off a Final Four run and Karl Towns leads another elite crop of incoming recruits. Kentucky should be the No. 1 team in the preseason polls. Each year, the typically enraptured Wildcats fan base embraces the Big Blue Madness Campout tradition as it seeks free tickets for the squad’s Midnight Madness festivities, which will commence Oct.
On Sept. 4, Antonio Blakeney told ESPN.com’s Reggie Rankin, "I was very comfortable with the coaching staff," after pledging to attend the University of Louisville. Two weeks later, he told Rankin, “I made a quick and emotional decision based on the wrong reasons," after decommitting from the Cardinal, before following up with a tweet that read, "I am still really considering Louisville. I like everything about there (sic) program, coaches and fans!