Last March, Kentucky fans got treated to a first and second round game in Louisville for the NCAA tournament, and poor Western Kentucky and Iowa State had to put up with a predominantly UK crowd for their brief shining moment.
This year, the tables have turned, and the Cardinals, with their projected overall #1 seed, have first dibs on an extremely close opening couple games in Rupp. That’s all well and good; Kentucky wouldn’t be able to play there in the tournament anyway. If a team plays more than three games in an arena during a given season, it’s considered a “home court,” and they’re not allowed to be there for the tournament. Trust me, I Wikipedia’d it. So Kentucky is projected to be sent to Dayton, Ohio, while the Dirty Birds would be coming here.
For the tournament.
Personally, I think it’s great. I doubt heckling would do any good in the first round, since a 16-seed has never beaten a 1-seed. Doesn’t mean we couldn’t try, I’m just saying don’t get your hopes up. But look at what the second round could be: the Louisville Cardinals vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. In Rupp. During March Madness. If that’s not worth the price of admission, I don’t know what is. Not only would you have your first opportunity to legitimately root for the Vols since like, ever, but it’s a win-win scenario. At least one team would be knocked out of the tournament, and sent home crying, on our hallowed court.
There’s a lot of basketball between now and then, but I’ll be crossing my fingers all season long that this happens. If there is any justice in the world, we’ll be able to see this next March. Rupp would be filled to the brim with Kentucky fans booing their two biggest rivals. It’d be like watching a wrestling match, only with fewer chairs to the head. Not none, just, you know… fewer.
Please let this happen.