Big Blue Madness wows Wizards

Kentucky's Big Blue Madness was not only a hit with the fans and recruits in attendance at Rupp Arena Friday night, it also wowed the Washington Wizards, who were in Lexington for a preseason game with the Sacramento Kings.

Madness 2016 featured a huge stage and screen, a brand new center-hung video board, pyrotechnics and famed ring announcer Michael Buffer in front of a sold out 24,000 capacity crowd. 

Wizards coach Scott Brooks, who played his college ball at TCU then California-Irvine, declared he wanted a do-over.

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"That last night – that was ridiculous," Brooks said. "I’ve never seen anything like it. It was incredible. I want a do-over. I wasn’t good enough to play here. I’m glad I was able to experience it because there aren’t many times you’re going to be able to come here during October and experience what I saw last night. What an incredible program."

The Wizards lost to the Kings 124-119 Saturday night at Rupp Arena in a game that served as a homecoming for four former Wildcats: Washington point guard John Wall and Kings' big men DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.

Brooks said it's no wonder John Calipari has had unprecedented recruiting success during his time at Kentucky and that Big Blue Madness had to play a major role in getting those guys to Lexington.

"They get good players because of this," Brooks said. "You come here as a recruit, how do you say no?"

Wall echoed his coach's sentiments.

"There’s no reason why you wouldn’t commit here if you come to Midnight Madness."

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