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Back At Rupp Arena Again For The First Time


Photo Credit: Andrew Bishop, cameronmillsradio.com

Everyone remembers their very first trip to Rupp Arena for a Kentucky Wildcats basketball game. It’s an experience you never ever forget no matter how old you happen to be when you first walk into the building. I remember my first time going to Rupp Arena like it was yesterday and it’s been nearly 27 years ago now.

I know I am not alone in this regard.

Rupp Arena, like all big time venues, is used for other events in addition to UK basketball games. I remember this experience as well and still have a souvenir to prove it.

The circus leaves an unforgettable impression on a young kid too.

I’ve been fortunate to go to Rupp Arena on several occasions but it was a first for me today because I attended this game against the UT-Martin Skyhawks as a member of the media. Thanks to former UK guard Cameron Mills and his website, which you’re visiting to read this article, and his radio show The Mills Show I had the privilege of covering the game from beginning to end.

As for the game itself, UT-Martin came out and showed some early fight. They trailed 15-14 and that had the Rupp Arena patrons groaning and urging the Cats on. The next trip down the floor the Skyhawks even took a 16-15 lead. Shortly thereafter Kentucky got it rolling and didn’t stop.

Malik Monk continues to impress with his seemingly effortless versatility.

Once again he had a very efficient night as he went 10 of 17 from the field and knocked down a couple of three-pointers en route to 26 points, four rebounds and seven (yes, seven) assists.

He also got to attack the rim courtesy of two consecutive wide open break away dunks. He did not disappoint.

He also foiled a UT-Martin fast break by emphatically blocking a lob pass attempt. I guess it would go in the sta

It's just a matter of time until Bam really imposes his will.

It’s just a matter of time until Bam really imposes his will. Photo Credit: Andrew Bishop, cameronmillsradio.com

t sheet as a deflection. A deflection with a lot of flair and style.

Wenyen Gabriel stuffed the stat sheet again to the tune of 15 points, six boards and an assist. Dominique Hawkins saw his workload increase with the absence of Isaiah Briscoe. He responded by tallying six points, four rebounds and dropping nine dimes in 32 minutes. De’Aaron Fox chipped in a cool 16 points and Sacha Killeya-Jones had 12 points on six of eight shooting from the field.

Michael Mulder is in a nice groove. He shooting the rock with confidence and is filling his role the way most folks

envisioned he would have last season. Bam Adebayo is coming. You can see him figuring things out and gradually building momentum. He had a double double tonight (15 points and 12 rebounds) and you can see how numbers similar to these will take place soon on a nightly basis.

UT-Martin head coach Anthony Stewart had nothing but praise for the Cats. He started with John Calipari and worked his way right on down to the players and it was really interesting to hear him speak about how selfless this Kentucky team. He was really impressed by the way they play together and made a point to mention that he didn’t see any issues with egos despite the great amount of highly talented young players on the team.

It was a fun evening spent watching a fun team and I was grateful to be a part of it. My “first time” back at Rupp Arena couldn’t have gone any better.

1 Comment

  1. […] pro. I haven’t officially met him yet, but I did see him the other day when he walked past us at the UT-Martin game. He was on his phone, but still threw up a friendly […]

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