UK Sports Network to Air Pre-Madness Special

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The UK Sports Network will once again air a pre-Big Blue Madness special from 5:30-7 p.m. on UK Sports Network select networks and on Friday prior to the start of Big Blue Madness, which is slated for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

The show will feature exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes content from the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball teams and more. Dave Baker and Christi Thomas will serve as the hosts for the night. 

The entire show will air on for the first time in programming history. Below are the complete listings of networks throughout the state and surrounding regions:



Bowling Green


Evansville, Ind.







The CW Lexington



For fans unable to make it to Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness, the annual tipoff to the Kentucky men’s and women’s basketball seasons can be seen live on the SEC Network. It will mark the first time the yearly spectacle will air live and in its entirety on a national network. 

The two-hour show will also stream live via the WatchESPN app on computers, tables and smartphones. ESPN’s Dave O’Brien will be on hand to make the call alongside analysts Sean Farnham and Kara Lawson.

Big Blue Madness, set for Oct. 16, will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos and more. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7 p.m. 

Free tickets for Big Blue Madness, which were distributed last week in-person at Memorial Coliseum and online, sold out in just 25 minutes. 

This will be the 11th time Madness has been held at Rupp Arena. 

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