This was undoubtedly the Midnight Madness of a preseason No. 1 team, of a program that considers itself the king of college basketball.
Rupp Arena was filled to capacity, with many of them seeing the ballyhooed freshman class for the first time. A handful of five-star prospects were in attendance, along with several NBA players.
This certainly wasn’t the Midnight Madness of a team coming off a first-round NIT loss to Robert Morris.
In fact, there was only one mention of what happened seven months ago – and it came from head coach John Calipari during his state of the program speech.
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