On Tuesday, the Bluegrass Sports Commission and Global Sports Management announced that Rupp Arena will play host to an NBA exhibition game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings on Oct. 17. This comes on the heels of Monday’s announcement by UK Athletics that Oct. 16 will be the date for Big Blue Madness.
The NBA exhibition game, which is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m., is especially of interest to UK fans, as they will once again get to cheer on former Wildcats Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, and Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo of the Kings. The Pelicans also feature Tyreke Evans, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft who was coached by John Calipari at Memphis.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to play at Rupp Arena again in front of the Big Blue Nation,” Davis said in a press release. “I always look forward to going back to Kentucky and visiting with the players, coaches and fans.”