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Top 4 Reasons College Basketball is Rooting for Kentucky Saturday


Does the Cardinal look like an Angry Bird? He looks like an Angry Bird, right?

#1 Nobody Likes Repeat Champs… Except the Champs

An outsider’s fascination with repeat championships is parabolic.  The first is fine.  The second and third start to wear thin, while anything more starts to be more impressive than annoying.  For example, look at the current NBA champs, the two-time winning Miami Heat.  Is anybody other than me and half of Miami rooting for them?  Meanwhile, consider the Bulls of the 90s.  Once people started realizing that MJ and Co. had something historic in the works, Jazz fans were all alone in their underdog clubhouse.

Bottom line: dynasties are exciting, but repeat champs are boring.  College basketball doesn’t want boring.

#2 Moral High Ground

This is a position we’re not used to (“That’s what.” -She).  Fair or otherwise, we get the reputation as a group of cheaters.  Did you know that?  If you didn’t, I’m sorry to ruin your week.  But this year, hardly anyone can disparage the character of the players on our roster.  While there’s some question of a pouty attitude on the court, the recent GPA and so-far-irreproachable behavior from the Wildcats is in stark contrast to the suspensions that have riddled Louisville’s team.  But that, combined with the waning zeal from critics of the One-and-Done system now that Coach K and Bill Self are on board, gives Cal’s team a spot on hallowed high ground.

#3 UK is the Underdog

Yet another position we’re not terribly used to.  Almost everybody that doesn’t have a vested interest roots for the underdog.  It’s science.  It’s also why Butler was America’s darling two years in a row against Duke and UConn.  That, and Brad Stevens is just adorable.  But the Cats go into Saturday with +Points, and a lower ranking.

#4 Other Potential #1 Seeds Want Louisville to Lose

This game will not have as many “neutral parties” watching as you’d think.  Fans of Duke, Ohio State, Arizona, and other top ten teams have to be looking for a Louisville loss here as the non-conference season wraps up.  The large quantities of fans that would otherwise be neutral (Michigan State, Syracuse, Oklahoma State) are going to watch the game in the same way that old tigers watch a possibly sick antelope.  Tigers don’t even eat antelope, which sort of muddles the metaphor, but the point is they’re looking for weakness in a team that hasn’t beaten a single good team.  Neither have we, but you get the point.

Article written by Corey Nichols

10 Comments for Top 4 Reasons College Basketball is Rooting for Kentucky Saturday

  1. Katdaddy
    9:50 pm December 26, 2013 Permalink

    Love the Cats but don’t think Guard play is good enough to win this game. Hope i’m wrong!!!

  2. James W
    10:43 pm December 26, 2013 Permalink

    Am I missing something ? Who says that we are an underdog? Is there a spread that I have not seen? I expect kentucky to be favored over the dirty birds and shame on you for acting like we are an underdog in the sacred halls of rupp arena.

  3. samk
    10:44 pm December 26, 2013 Permalink

    (“That’s what.” -She) <—- the least funny thing I've read in a long time

  4. Question
    10:46 pm December 26, 2013 Permalink

    Did you graduate law school yet?

    Matt is just too nice to tell you that this whole “sports journalism” thing just isn’t working out, man.

    We’re the winningest program in college basketball, have some of the most obnoxious/arrogant/disillusioned fans on planet earth, and have a head coach that has an uncanny ability to attract hordes of top talent that would otherwise be spread out among other top schools. People LOVE that we had a bad year last year, and have continued on to a slow start this year. They want to see us fall because they were all terrified that we had “cracked the code” two years ago.

    When people root for the Yankees during a down year, they’ll root for Kentucky.

  5. matthew
    12:09 am December 27, 2013 Permalink

    No offense bud but NOWHERE has it been listed that we are the underdogs. Vegas doesn’t care about rankings-this spread (which HAS NOT COME OUT YET) is likely to favor Kentucky. Be responsible with your writing. This is a highly.trafficked website and the writers are entitled to their OPINIONS-being the underdog as you state is not a statement of opinion in the sports world, it’s a statement of fact. This is a factually incorrect statement.

  6. ==== OL" PIX2CLICK ====
    12:19 am December 27, 2013 Permalink

    ==== Just my opnion after 46 years of betting college sports …………. KY. will be FAVORED in opening line ………… by two or two and half pts. ====

  7. Do whut?
    9:25 am December 27, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if maybe, just possibly, there is an outside chance that other teams actually aren’t obsessed with seeding in December and are still focusing on the next game then the game after that. Is there a single writer on this site interested in the regular season for the sake of the regular season? If our players fixate on tournament seeding even before January comes along it might just explain their failure to win a single big game. March Madness is fun but so is each individual matchup. For goodness sakes can we at least get to the conference part of the schedule before we start our bracketology? Does conference success even matter to you guys?

  8. Jomani
    9:52 am December 27, 2013 Permalink

    Trust me, college basketball really doesn’t want to see us win

  9. haha
    10:25 am December 27, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly where have you seen a spread for the game yet??? Is this just the Corey Nichols spread? lol

  10. Dennis Smith
    11:58 am December 28, 2013 Permalink

    Reading is like judging a gymnastic event. For every stumble on both grammar and reason, points are subtracted. A few stumbles here, I sprained my ankle on the (“That’s what.” -She). Sounds like something Biesner would have written. So don’t get depressed over the criticism, Corey, he’s now on TV