A 10-episode documentary series on this year’s Kentucky basketball team will premiere Saturday on Facebook, the program announced Wednesday morning.
The series is titled “Inside the Madness: University of Kentucky basketball.” All 10 episodes will be available on Facebook Watch. The first show airs Saturday, and the last two shows air March 31.
The series is billing itself as having “unprecedented access to the team and head coach John Calipari as they navigate through the season, prepare for the NCAA Tournament run and shape young men for the rest of their lives.”
It’s been easy to notice the extra cameras after games and practices this season. This series comes a year after ESPN aired its “One and Not Done” 30 for 30 on Calipari.
“Inside the Madness” comes from the producers of Showtime’s “A Season With.”
“We get approached all the time to do all-access shows,” Calipari said in a press release. “The one question I always have is, what is our why? Why are we doing this? As our fans know, we are transparent in everything we do so there is never a concern about the access we give. It’s what makes this different than any other show?
“What I liked about (executive producers) Tom Cappello and Jason Sciavicco’s approach to this show is what they wanted to show. It wasn’t about the games or showing how I coach or a lesson in Kentucky basketball; it was about showing the type of kids we have here and the family atmosphere we’ve created. They wanted to show that there’s more than just wins and losses with these kids; it’s about preparing them for the rest of their lives.
“The great thing is their crew can do that while being of no distraction to our team and our goals. They’re around, but they’re a fly on the wall. We get to open the doors to our team in a way we’ve never done before while I coach my team and these kids learn.”
The series comes in a down season for Kentucky basketball. The unranked Wildcats are 17-8 and 6-6 in SEC play. Kentucky faces Auburn at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday at Auburn arena.
Schedule of “Inside the Madness” episodes
- Episode 1: Saturday, Feb. 17
- Episode 2: Saturday, Feb. 24
- Episode 3: Saturday, March 3
- Episode 4: Saturday, March 10
- Episode 5: Wednesday, March 14
- Episode 6: Saturday, March 17
- Episode 7: Wednesday, March 21
- Episode 8: Saturday, March 24
- Episodes 9 and 10: Saturday, March 31
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