Kentucky may not have the best win-loss record, may not have the best arena, may not even have a legitimate claim to the best student section, but that’s no fault of Big Blue Nation. We’re just victims of an imperfect arena situation. But that doesn’t have to stop us from vote-bombing another poll and showcasing the power of our fan base. Kentucky’s eRUPPtion Zone has been nominated as one of the top college basketball student sections in the country by the Naismith Awards for the Best Student Section of the Year. And Cats fans will have a say in determining the most deserving student section.
Visit I Love College Hoops on Facebook to vote once per day through February 6. By sharing the contest with friends on Facebook you’ll get an extra vote for every person you refer who enters the contest. And the 25 voters who successfully refer the most people will score a $25 gift card.
The current leader is Virginia Commonwealth, followed by Kansas and Purdue. Kentucky isn’t anywhere to be found in the top 25 and is currently fifth among all Southeastern Conference teams, behind the likes of Missouri and Arkansas.
The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public votes, combined with a scoring of finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors, which will review criteria such as the student section’s name and attendance, as well as photos, video, and a write-up submitted by the nominating school
The winning school receives $10,000 to its general scholarship fund, and bragging rights for a year. Kansas’ 4,000-seat student section won the inaugural award in 2012. So what are you waiting on? Get to voting.