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Kentucky's deep squad delights at Big Blue Madness

Just as Drake appeared to draw the biggest cheers at Big Blue Madness, the rapper introduced Kentucky coach John Calipari and the noise then became a roar.

The Wildcats men's team gave a sold-out Rupp Arena crowd plenty more reasons to cheer with a fast-paced and sometimes-physical scrimmage Friday night that figures to ratchet expectations for a ninth national championship.

Kentucky returns six regulars from last year's NCAA tournament runner-up squad and has added four high school All-Americans, giving Calipari a 12-deep roster he plans to use with a two-platoon system. The Wildcats went 5-1 using the strategy during a summer tour of the Bahamas.

Perhaps mindful of last year's struggles with a freshman-laden squad, the coach was also cautious, saying, "this is going to be a process."

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