LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari and his Kentucky players are probably used to the non-stop attention they garner, but this season even more cameras and microphones have been in their faces.
“Inside the Madness: University of Kentucky Basketball” premieres Saturday on Facebook Watch. The 10-episode documentary series from producers Tom Cappello and Jason Sciavicco will air at least once a week through March 31.
Calipari, freshman point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and freshman forward Jarred Vanderbilt were available for interviews Friday afternoon, and the added presence of the production crew was there as usual.
“We’re all just acting like they’re not here,” Calipari said.
Is that easy?
“It is for me,” Calipari said. I think it is for them. Just literally ignore them.”
Inside the Madness is supposed to give a look at the inner workings of the program. Views from practice and road trips that are normally off limits to media and fans will likely be shown on the series. But Kentucky players aren’t worried about exposing themselves.
“It has to go through Coach, so if he thinks it won’t represent us in the right way then he won’t put it out there,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “So we don’t really have to change ourselves.”
Calipari has authority on final edits, Gilgeous-Alexander said.
The first episode airs Saturday, the same day Kentucky will look to snap the longest losing streak (four games) in Calipari’s tenure. Kentucky and Alabama tip off at 2 p.m. ET at Rupp Arena.
No one is blaming the added attention as a reason for the recent skid.
“At first it’s kind of noticeable, but going on through the year it hasn’t been that much of a pain,” Vanderbilt said. “It’s been pretty good actually.”
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