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Jay Bilas: “Kentucky is the mecca of college basketball.”

Since ESPN’s College Basketball GameDay kicked off in 2005, the Kentucky Wildcats have been part of the event in 12 of 14 total years. They have come to Lexington in seven of those years. In several instances, like they will likely do this year, they have visited Kentucky games twice in the same year.

In 2010, Calipari’s first year at Kentucky, the Rupp Arena crowd piled in a record 22,144 fans for the morning show prior to the UK vs. Tennessee game, a number that has yet to be broken.

Needless to say, GameDay has been a big fan of the Wildcats over the years.

But why Kentucky?

According to ESPN’s Jay Bilas, co-host of GameDay since it debuted in 2005, the answer is easy.

“There isn’t a more passionate fanbase than here at Kentucky,” Bilas told the Kentucky media today. “This is the mecca of college basketball.”

Rece Davis, College GameDay’s original host, says the way the Big Blue Nation lives, eats, and sleeps basketball is second to none.

“Any time a program or a team is as important to the fans as Kentucky basketball is to these fans, it sort of permeates everything you do. You can sense it through the crowds at the show,” he said.

When Kentucky fans shattered the record for largest College GameDay crowd back in 2010, Davis realizes that’s something that no other fan base in the nation could top.

There is one place on earth that would put 23,000 in for a pregame show 11 hours before tipoff as the fans did, and that’s here,” said Davis. “There is no other place on earth that would do that, and that’s awesome.”

The “big brother” mentality Kentucky fans possess plays a big role in GameDay always coming back.

“Kentucky fans love to look at the rest of college basketball and go “We’re Kentucky, and you’re not,”‘ said Davis. “I think that’s really cool, and that’s why we like coming here.”

Check out the entire interviews with Bilas and Davis:

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Jay Bilas: “Kentucky is the mecca of college basketball.”



  1. Bull Filmer
    8:59 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    Bilas is a lawyer and a bull shit artist. He’s int the media. That makes him full of shit.



    • satcheluk
      11:54 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      You couldn’t be more wrong.



  2. Cowboy
    9:33 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    I disagree in regards to Bilas.

    He’s articulate. His arguments are well thought out, well presented and logical.

    The man makes sense.



    • satcheluk
      11:54 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.



  3. ClutchCargo
    9:57 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    He has nice things to say about UK and Game Day is here tomorrow. Do you think those two things are related in some way?



    • 4everUKblue
      10:45 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

      Considering he’s a huge ACC homer……you don’t think…..



  4. Ettish
    11:38 pm January 19, 2018 Permalink

    Say what you want on your personal opinion of Bilas, but it wont make everything he said in this interview any less true, except the soft serve. He thoroughly nailed our team’s dynamic.



  5. kingme
    5:27 am January 20, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone else see that flying orb at the beginning of the Bilas interview and hear the weird voice as it flies by?