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Per usual, Kentucky fans going nuts for their ‘Cats


Mike Miller

There are few things in college basketball like crazed Kentucky fans.

Barely 24 hours ago, hundreds of Wildcats fans streamed across the grass around the Joe Kraft Center on the Lexington campus to set up camp and wait in line for three days for tickets to Big Blue Madness. Yes, for tickets that aren’t even to a game.

Hey, this is Kentucky hoops. Some places don’t have Midnight Madness because there isn’t enough interest. That includes 11-time champion UCLA. At Kentucky, you better haul ass to get a good spot in line. Last year, tickets sold out in less than an hour.

The photo above (by Britney McIntosh of UK athletics) shows coach John Calipari making the rounds and greeting fans (there’s also a slideshow here), but the real show is this video of people running to set up tents. You’d think they were selling the new Harry Potter book inside or something.

By 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, nearly 400 tents had been set up. Last year’s total of 525 tents seems like it’ll be passed sometime today as fans wait for the first glimpse of a squad sure to be among 2012’s Final Four contenders.

And what to do while one waits? How about a show by one of the incoming freshman stars, Anthony Davis? This video from Kentucky Sports Radio shows the nation’s top incoming recruit at his lengthy best.

Now we’ll just have to see how Davis fares against other college players, not just college students.

(H/T: Jeff Eisenberg).

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