Sixteen years later, the 1996 national champions are still blowing out opponents. OK, so the competition wasn’t quite what it was in 1996 and the setting was a bit more relaxed, but players from the 1996 national championship showed they’ve still got a little talent in those aging bones and muscles.
Thursday was the opening day of the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience and Kentucky’s practice facility was overrun with some of the best players in the history of the program. In the men’s practice gym, there was Wayne Turner with Nerlens Noel practicing over his shoulder. Over on the women’s court, Derek Anderson was coaching up some of the campers that had paid to be a part of it all. On the Memorial Coliseum floor, Walter McCarty was getting reacquainted with the local media.
You’ve never let me down before, Big Blue Nation, so let’s once again come together and show everyone what sets us apart from the pack.
Five spots remain for the inaugural fantasy experience, which will take place Sept. 13-15 at the University of Kentucky’s state-of-the-art athletic facilities. Participants will be able to live the life of a UK basketball player for the weekend, including unprecedented access to Calipari and the inner workings of the UK basketball program. The experience will feature everything from uniforms to practice sessions, film sessions, and being coached by UK staff and former players.
John Calipari is excited for the UK Alumni Charity Game for a number of reasons. More than anything, though, he wants to hand out big checks for charity in the middle of Rupp Arena.
As John Calipari hinted a few weeks ago, members of the 1996 national championship team will play an exhibition game against an all-star team from the John Calipari Fantasy Basketball Experience prior to the alumni game on Sept. 15. Derek Anderson, Anthony Epps, Walter McCarty, Jared Prickett, Jeff Sheppard, Wayne Turner, Oliver Simmons and Antoine Walker have confirmed their participation for the game.
In capturing 27th SEC Tournament titles over the years (the other SEC schools have a combined 25 tourney championships), the annual trek to the SEC Tournament has become one of the Big Blue Nation’s favorite times of the year.
The No. 10/11 Cats (8-2) responded with arguably its best win of the season Tuesday night, a 70-55 victory over the previously undefeated Broncos (8-1).