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Kyle Wiltjer Believes Gonzaga’s Fan Base is Better than Kentucky’s

Brennan Linsley | AP

Kyle Wiltjer has has seen two sides of the college basketball spectrum.  He won a National Championship for a college basketball powerhouse at Kentucky.  He finished his career on the West Coast at Gonzaga and played into the Elite Eight for America’s favorite Cinderella.  He believes the underdog’s fan base is better.

“It really showed me that man, Gonzaga is in my opinion the best fan base in the country, and I’m not exaggerating at all,” Wiltjer told Spokane’s KREM 2. “The amount of love that they showed me, Domas (Sabonis) and seeing the support down there at the Final Four (in 2017), it was pretty unbelievable. And to see that it really shows a lot to the city and the city should be proud of that because it was crazy.”

Wiltjer didn’t simply forget about Kentucky.  He was sure to clarify his statement.

“Winning a championship was like the craziest thing ever. And then going to Gonzaga and seeing their fan base – everywhere we go in Spokane, everyone going crazy for us. It’s obviously a little bit of smaller level, the amount of people, but the support is just as crazy.”

Many believe there is no better fan base than the Big Blue Nation.  Kyle Wiltjer begs to differ. Hear the interview here.

[KREM]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

47 Comments for Kyle Wiltjer Believes Gonzaga’s Fan Base is Better than Kentucky’s



  1. Optional Facts
    10:09 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Wiltjer wouldn’t have seen the court if he stayed at UK, of course he got more support from a place where he was going to get on the court. If he would have seen the court like the twins, Ulis, or even Willis he would be singing a different tune,



  2. bigtaters6957
    10:10 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Kyle you’re drunk, go home.



  3. plumloopy
    10:12 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    What is he supposed to say talking to a Spokane radio station?



    • Kat4Life
      10:14 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      The truth…..



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:30 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, he was just likely just being political. Saying what the home audience wanted to hear.



    • satcheluk
      12:53 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Not unlike the orange haired politician we have in the Oval office.



    • catsarerunnin
      5:32 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks for goin Kathy Griffin on the President.



  4. Kat4Life
    10:13 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    It would appear he is as competent judging fan bases as he is playing defense……..apples and oranges Kyle……you are comparing the best fan base on the planet to a small/regional band of loud kooks….



  5. 8xchamp
    10:14 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    That’s it, he’s no longer a wildcat.



    • JASUN74
      11:35 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Lol. You know they’re some thinking it when they read it. Haha.



  6. 2Dogs
    10:19 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Misleading headline. Idiotic article. Must be slow at KSR headquarters.



    • Nick Roush
      10:23 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      “Gonzaga is in my opinion the best fan base in the country.”

      Yeah, using his words are misleading…



    • Booby Petrino
      10:28 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      it is slow…because most major sports are in the off-season. You seem a little slow too, good luck with life.



  7. poppycat
    10:28 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Big difference between the largest, most opinionated fan base and the most supportive.
    Our fan base is likely the most fickle vs players who don’t meet our expectations.



  8. Boogie31
    10:32 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    That’s cute Kyle! Doubt he honestly believes that though. UK fans STILL root for him even after he left UK. I don’t think Gonzaga fans would do that.



    • Eazy
      10:39 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Great point.



    • Kyleisright
      11:44 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      You clearly have no idea about the fan base in Spokane. It has to be experienced in order to understand it.



    • Kyleisright
      11:48 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

      You clearly have no idea about the fan base in Spokane. It has to be experienced in order to understand it. C’mon up and visit y’all!



    • chris43
      2:26 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      You’ve obviously never experienced BIG BLUE NATION! Watch a game….any away game and watch that BLUE pack it full to where it looks like a home game. Do the Zags have that? HELL NO!



    • Booby Petrino
      12:14 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      ha ha ha we don’t need to experience your little fan base when we have the biggest and best. Of course Kyle was going to say this to a Spokane station



    • jdarren1963
      12:17 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      And, you clearly have no idea about the fan base in Kentucky.



    • EdC
      5:11 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      “It has to be experienced in order to understand it.” like a venereal disease?



  9. Mathlete
    10:45 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Kyle’s clearly taking advantage of Washington’s legalized marijuana, you have to be high to think Gonzaga’s fan base is better than BBN



  10. a21CATSfan
    10:51 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    We will soon see. All you have to do is look on Twitter; lately the BBN responds much more to a negative comment than a positive one. There will be many more upset UK fans than grateful Zag fans. CATS



  11. meeksfor3
    10:53 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    I didn’t know Gonzaga had fans. I shocked most of the folks in that area survived the Grunge Music era to support anything.



  12. Realme
    10:55 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    GASP!



  13. JustUrAvg
    11:06 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Oh look something else to get blown out of proportion…thats probably the difference in Gonzaga fans.



  14. DT in DC
    11:06 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    LOL! Maybe he’ll go on a barnstorming autograph tour of Washington state and collect money for his signature. I seem to remember him touring KY last year, right?



  15. dgtuk
    11:33 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    I don’t think Brad had any coffee this morning…



  16. chris43
    11:36 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    What an idiot……smfh



  17. bdmnky81
    11:36 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Isnt he from that area anyway? No big deal. There are some guys from the 96 team thatchave more loyalty to rick than us. Dont blame them and it doesnt stop me from rooting for them in life. Some people on here really do put the fan in fanatical though…..



  18. ClutchCargo
    11:37 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Have a Snickers, Brad.



  19. secrick
    11:45 am May 31, 2017 Permalink

    I think he likes both schools and just made a statement that didn’t mean a thing.



  20. Booby Petrino
    12:19 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    and yet here you are, Brad. Doing what they want you to do…comment, click…keep coming back. Hillbilly TMZ outsmarts you!



  21. BluKudzu
    12:51 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Glas he is getting some press, wish him the best. He knows what BBN is all about, that is why he went elsewhere. There is no hiding at Kentucky. You will be exposed.



  22. Kevin C
    1:00 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Gonzaga was also supposedly more capable of getting him “NBA-ready” than UK. This guy is must have some serious baggage from his time at UK….must be because Cal had to constantly yell “Run Kyle!” and “Rebound! ” rather than stay rooted at the 3-pt arc.



    • EdC
      1:54 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Hey show some respect for the NBA career shooting % of 28.6% and 50% free throws. Why WOULDN’T they let him shoot.



  23. Lunthax
    1:20 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Bless his heart….



  24. EdC
    1:41 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Yea as evidenced by how they travel right? Can’t see a Gonzaga road game that isn’t filled with Gonzaga fans. Oh … wait. Never mind.



  25. EdC
    1:52 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    OK Hillbilly TMZ is pretty funny.



  26. chris43
    2:28 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Pathetic…..with his height…..shooting ability…..4 years in college….and still not good enough to even be drafted. BBN used to have your back even though you transferred (because you weren’t good enough to play at UK…besides a bench role for most part) but I highly doubt you have that support any longer.



    • catdaddyd
      5:57 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      He has a NBA contract, I think those 5 years in college paid off.



    • Kevin C
      11:32 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      catdaddyd …. He has an non-guaranteed contract worth $500k, and can be cut and/or sent to the D-League at a moment’s notice…which is likely, given his horrible PER.



  27. Simple Man
    6:24 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Like kyle said,much smaller fan base,Kentucky’s fans are the biggest and baddest in the world…….!!!!!!



  28. UKfanman01
    7:00 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    You mean UK canvases isn’t the best? The same fan base that had people that threatened to kill Tubby Smith’s animals? The same fan base that hates players one game and loves them the next? The same fan base that thinks Cal hung the moon until they lose, then they want to hang him? Couldnt imagine why he would look as Zags fans as better



    • catsarerunnin
      7:51 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

      Well obviously all of the fan base can’t be the picture of perfection that is you….



  29. nicky
    7:11 pm May 31, 2017 Permalink

    Kyle’s lost it…go to any state in the country and you’ll see numerous sightings of KY blue….Gonzaga garb not so much