Larry Vaught has an interesting piece today about the fans’ behavior during the games having an effect on the players’ performance. From the piece:
Sometimes the Rupp Arena crowd might hurt Kentucky rather than help the Wildcats.
Or at least that was the impression UK coach Billy Gillispie left after Wednesday’s 73-64 win over Auburn.
Several times during the game Kentucky fans voiced their displeasure when Michael Porter, Ramon Harris and Darius Miller passed up open shots even if most came with plenty of time remaining on the 35-second shot clock.
“I think that our crowd is always panicky about that and I think that if a player is mentally weak then it would bother them, but it doesn’t bother any of our guys,” Gillispie said. “As great as our fans are, I think that they can improve in that area.