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USA Today: Indiana-Louisville-Kentucky triangle rules college hoops

With the first of many pre-season polls coming out today placing Indiana, Louisville and Kentucky in the top 3 spots, it’s no wonder that the chatter is once again picking up about just how special this area is going to be for college hoops this season. Three historically great programs, all within a few hours of one another, all fielding great basketball teams. USA Today’s Mike Lopresti took a closer look at the triangle he expects to rule college hoops this season. And no, it’s not UNC/Duke/NC State.

“Indiana. Louisville. Kentucky. They go 1-2-3 in the first USA Today coach’s poll, like neighbors in mansions on the same swanky street. All, of course, with basketball goals in their driveway.”

The article is filled with great quotes from Tom Crean, Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Evan Daniels and KSR’s Matt Jones. All of the quotes pay tribute to the obsession with basketball in both Kentucky and Indiana in general, fueled by the fact that all three teams are expected to be at the top of the scene this season for the first time in ages. Over the past decade or two, all three have not been at this high of a level at the same time. Those times are gone and this season is shaping up to create an incredible atmosphere in the area. Not only are the three teams good, but the hysteria around college basketball never stops anyway.

“It’s a 365-day thing here,” Kentucky Sports Radio host Matt Jones said. “They don’t just care. They care all the time.”

Added Evan Daniels, national recruiting analyst for “Basketball is everything. Basketball is absolutely everything to the state of Kentucky and Indiana.”

The three programs account for 15 national titles and 32 Final Fours. The article also talks about how these teams have the most supportive fan bases as well, whether you look at the financial aspects of it, or simply the attendance marks for each school.

Both Crean and Pitino talked about how they thought they understood before their arrival (Pitino referencing his stop at Kentucky first, then Louisville). Admittedly though, neither could have ever been prepared for just how intense and passionate the fan bases are about basketball.

Beyond the passionate fan bases in support of their own teams, between the 3 schools, a certain amount of hatred has been budding for years and years– increasingly fueled by recent events such as a Kentucky/Louisville Final 4 match-up, and the ending of the IU/Kentucky series. Even with the hatred, a sense of pride has started to come about for the return of this area to the epicenter of the college basketball world. 

“There’s certainly an amount of local pride–even though these teams all kind of hate each other– that this is the center of college basketball again,” Jones said.

Indiana. Louisville. Kentucky. This is going to be fun, folks.


Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

25 Comments for USA Today: Indiana-Louisville-Kentucky triangle rules college hoops

  1. Wildcatsteeler
    9:05 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    As much as I hate those other 2 teams it’s pretty cool to see the concentration of bball power back in this area again.

  2. Season Tickets
    9:15 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

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  3. Ryan
    9:18 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Did this only get posted because he references Matt? I bet it did.

  4. Wild Blue
    9:18 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is an elite program. The other two have good, even great seasons from time to time. Kentucky has more championships than IU & UL combined.

  5. BBN
    9:19 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    in the end it’ll be the cats on top! Is the podcast for todays show going to come on today?

  6. 9asty
    9:21 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like that little stat about having more championships than IU and UL combined, and about half of the total Final Fours.

  7. SexnNursinHomes
    9:33 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    There’s only 1 point in a triangle, the other 2 are the ass ends.

  8. buzzard
    9:37 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I like the fact that Louisville is rated #2…that way it will be even sweeter when we beat them,
    as far as IU….I wouldn’t mind if they never win another game….their fans are ass holes, and their ex-coach, the general, may be the biggest jagoff that ever coached a basketball game.
    I would give Knight $10 for his championship rings just so I could flush them down the toilet…
    IU sucks!! Go Big Blue…#9 is on the way

  9. SonsOfAnarchy
    9:42 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    It just feels a million times better to put the posts about football on the back burner and talk a whole lot more about basketball.

  10. Kevin C.
    10:06 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I remember a time back in the 90s, when the state of North Carolina had Duke, NC, and Wake were all in the top 10. This comes close to that; too bad WKU will always suck…in BB anyway. 😮

  11. Dave in BKK
    11:01 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great article. Thx

  12. theSkinny81
    11:04 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    7 – superb!! lol

  13. catfan68
    12:32 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah this triangle is basketball 365 days a year….except UofL who now pretends to be a football “power”

  14. BullDogBall
    7:12 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #13 YOU will never have to worry about anyone ever saying that UK is a “football power.” That wouldn’t be “pretend”,that would be a LIE!!
    Correct me if I am wrong,but didn’t UL put an azz whuppin’ on UK before Strong called off the Birds????

  15. Beavis
    7:32 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    # 14,,,,,yep,,,I would call it a ass whipping. But considering the way UK has played this year,,,beating UK was no great feat for U of L. The reason Strong called off the troops was obvious,,, he did not want to make Joker look bad. He wants Joker here every year. Looking forward to the BB game between U of L and UK. Who is going to do the scoring for U of L this year ? I suspect they will try and turn each game into an ugly foul contest, run out the shot clock, to keep the score down.

  16. Manbearpig
    7:44 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Battle of the triangles! Annual series where UK UK and IU would each play either UNC Duke or NC St and rotate annually

  17. BullDogBall
    7:53 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #15 What is “basketball?” I could care less.Football is a mans game.

  18. barn
    8:07 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    17==it’s good that you don’t care about basketball, then it won’t hurt so much when you find that duhvill was way overrated and get their asses handed to them–once again–by a group of freshmen.

  19. Beavis
    8:16 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    # 17,,,,You being a U of L fan,,,,does not surprise me one bit that you don’t know what basketball is.

  20. BullDogBall
    8:48 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #18-#19 GEORGIA !! At least UL attempts to play football. WHATS UKs excuse?? We play a mans game in the SEC. UK plays a girly game in a FOOTBALL CONFERENCE!
    Enjoy your annual beating on Sat.No couch burning allowed.

  21. barn
    9:05 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    no excuses for UK football. UK just collects the sec check the same as we’ve done for the past 60 years. you wish you had a girly game basketball program like ours but you never will so suck on it

  22. Beavis
    9:37 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Bulldog,,,,,I trust you guys will take it easy on us this weekend. You know what UK’s excuse is,,,he is standing on the sideline. Before you start tossing to many barbs our way,,,how many times have I heard the Dog faithful cry for Mark Richt’s head ? I think he is a damn good coach,,,,would love to have him here if you guys want to drop him off this weekend.

  23. BullDogBall
    10:02 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    #22 We don’t dump our trash in graveyards…..
    #21 No. I don’t wish “I had a girly basketball program like ours.”Georgia is an SEC Football school.
    UK is a welfare receipient of the SEC.
    What few awards Gergia basketball earned are in no danger of being removed by the NCAA.

  24. BullDogBall
    10:03 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    When does Georgia Hate Day start???? Or do you all just have those for Sun Belt schools???

  25. Beavis
    10:35 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    We don’t hate the Dogs,,,,watch them play,,,especially when they are playing someone like S.C. or Florida. Hell,,,,I even pull for them against those teams. Now your basketball team,,,well that may well be the “graveyard” for SEC basketball coaches. As for the welfare comment,,,guess you guys turned down the payouts from the NCAA for mens basketball. It works both ways.