Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2015 CBS Sports Classic Tickets On Sale Friday

Tickets to the 2015 CBS Sports Classic, a college basketball doubleheader featuring perennial powers KentuckyNorth CarolinaOhio State and UCLA, will go on sale Friday, Oct. 16, at 10 a.m. ET. The second annual event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, starting at 1 p.m. with North Carolina taking on UCLA followed by Ohio State facing Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports will broadcast the games.

Tickets to the CBS Sports Classic guarantee admission to both contests and can be purchased through Ticketmaster atwww.ticketmaster.comwww.barclayscenter.com, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or by visiting the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center.

Together, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA have won 25 NCAA Championships and made 172 NCAA Tournament appearances. Since 2006, each team has appeared in at least two Final Fours, while each of the four has played in at least one national championship game. They are among college basketball’s all-time winningest programs, combining for more than 7,700 victories.

The 2015 CBS Sports Classic marks the second of a three-year rotation featuring four of the nation’s top programs in an early-season showcase. The 2016 doubleheader will be held in Las Vegas.

This Year's Kentucky MBB Posters Are Here

 The official 2015 Kentucky men’s basketball team posters will be distributed to fans at Big Blue Madness on Friday night and then exclusively available in Kroger stores throughout the state of Kentucky and in parts of southern Indiana beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

There are three versions of this year’s poster featuring action shots of all 12 of UK’s scholarship players. Isaiah Briscoe, EJ Floreal, Dominique Hawkins and Isaac Humphries are on one poster; Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Charles Matthews and Jamal Murray are on the second; and Mychal Mulder, Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis and Derek Willis are on the third.

Fans attending Big Blue Madness at 7 p.m. on Friday will be the first to receive the poster. Each fan will have one version of the poster placed in his/her seat at Rupp Arena, as well as one of two versions of Kentucky’s 2015 women’s basketball poster.

The men’s basketball 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. A complete listing of Kroger stores distributing the poster can be found here.

Women’s basketball posters will be available in Kroger stores at a later date. In the meantime, posters can be picked up at the Joe Craft Center Welcome Center.

Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 16, 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 last week in-person at Memorial Coliseum and online, sold out in just 25 minutes.

This will be the 11th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Champions Classic Tickets Go on Sale October 12

Tickets for the 2015 State Farm Champions Classic will go on sale Monday, Oct. 12, at Noon ET. The fifth annual neutral-site men’s doubleheader – to be played Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the United Center in Chicago – features preseason-ranked No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 6 Duke at 7:30 p.m., followed by No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 19 Michigan State at 10 p.m., as the culminating event of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Duke is the defending NCAA champion, while Michigan State and Kentucky also reached the Final Four last season. Kansas reached the third round of the tournament. Since the State Farm Champions Classic began in 2011, all four teams have made at least one Final Four appearance, and two have won national titles (Kentucky in 2011-12, Duke in 2014-15).

Ticket prices range from $50 to $200 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the United Center box office (open Mon.-Fri. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; hours may vary on event days).

The State Farm Champions Classic features:

·         Three of the top four all-time winningest men’s college basketball programs: Kentucky (first), Kansas (second) and Duke (fourth).

·         A combined 18 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships (since 1939): Kentucky (eight), Duke (five), Kansas (three) and Michigan State (two).

·         A total of 27 NCAA Final Four appearances in the past 23 years: Duke (eight), Michigan State (seven), Kansas (six) and Kentucky (six).

For more information about the 2015 State Farm Champions Classic, visit the official web site at TheChampionsClassic.com, follow us on Twitter @ChampionClassic and “Like” the event on Facebook at Facebook.com/ChampionsClassic.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Big Blue Madness Will Be Televised on The SEC Network

 For fans unable to make it to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness, the annual tipoff to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball seasons can be seen live on the SEC Network. It will mark the first time the yearly spectacle will air live and in its entirety on a national network.

The two-hour show will also stream live via the WatchESPN app on computers, tables and smartphones. ESPN’s Dave O’Brien will be on hand to make the call alongside analysts Sean Farnham and Kara Lawson.

Big Blue Madness 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 last week in-person at Memorial Coliseum and online, sold out in just 25 minutes.

This will be the 11th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

2015-16 Kentucky BBall Single Game Ticket Info

Tickets for Kentucky's first four home men's basketball games will go on sale Tuesday at 5 p.m. On Tuesday evening, tickets will only be available online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.  Fans are encouraged to purchase on Tuesday evening to secure the best seat locations.

Tickets for Kentucky's two exhibition games vs. Ottawa (Nov. 2) and Kentucky State (Nov. 6), and the first two regular-season home games against Albany (Nov. 13) and NJIT (Nov. 14) will be available.

Any tickets remaining after Tuesday's sale will be available for purchase through the same Ticketmaster channels on Wednesday morning as well as through the UK Ticket Office by calling 800.928.2287. Ticket office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Rupp Arena Box Office beginning Wednesday (859.233.3535) between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Remaining tickets for sale will come from the unsold student ticket allotment.

Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Oct. 27 are still available. Lower-level tickets (singles only) are $10 and upper-level tickets are $5.

For a complete listing of on sale dates and single-game ticket prices, visit UKAthletics.com/tickets. The Cats will tip off the 2015-16 season Oct. 16 with Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena.

As always, UK Athletics encourages all fans to buy tickets to our athletics events through the UK Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, TicketExchange  the Rupp Arena Box Office. Tickets bought from anywhere other than those four sources may not be valid, and buyers should beware.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Kentucky BBall Practice To Be On ESPNU This Sunday

Kentucky fans will have an opportunity to get another early look at this year’s men’s basketball team in action as UK’s practice on Sunday will be televised live on ESPNU from 7-9 p.m.

The Wildcats will go through various agility and shooting drills in addition to 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 scrimmaging.

Doris Burke, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg will be on hand to call the action for ESPNU, along with Andy Katz, who will handle sideline reports.

It’s the second season in a row UK has had a practice televised live.

Coach Cal Coaches Clinic Info

The 2015 John Calipari Coaches’ Clinic has been set for Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe Craft Center. Last year’s clinic was sold out, so early registration is encouraged to reserve a spot.

The day-long event, intended for male and female coaches, gives a unique look into the coaching philosophies and strategies that Calipari uses in guiding the eight-time national championship basketball program at Kentucky. Included in this year’s clinic will be a chance to tour the Joe Craft Center and the training facilities used by the Wildcats, with staff members available to answer questions.

Attendees will be given exclusive access to watch Calipari and his staff conduct two practice sessions with the 2015-16 Wildcats. There will be opportunities to ask questions of Calipari and his staff after the practices.

The cost of the clinic is $100. Registration will close on Oct. 28, so please secure your spot for this year’s clinic early at ukathletics.com/camps<http://www.ukathletics.com/camps>.

Check-in for the 2015 Coaches’ Clinic will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Joe Craft Center.
Parking will be available only in the E lot located on the north side of the Joe Craft Center. Attendees must park in a legal parking spot in the E lots only (parking in R lots is not permitted).

Please note that participants of recruiting age (males or females currently in the 7th-12th grade, junior college or prep school) are not permitted to register for or attend the clinic.

Registration is available online and any clinic related questions can be called into the men’s basketball camp line at 859-257-9457 or 859-257-1916.