Kentucky is not being welcomed by Louisville fans as they play their first two NCAA games at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.
The No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament often gets to play their first two games of the tournament close to home. But “close” can have a range of meaning. For the Kentucky Wildcats it means playing a mere 76 miles from their Lexington campus in Louisville, Kentucky.
Louisville is an intense rival of Kentucky, especially in basketball. So it’s not much of a surprise that the Louisville fans are not all that happy about seeing the Wildcats in their arena this weekend.
For instance, this tweet from a Louisville fan went somewhat viral on Twitter earlier Thursday.
By all accounts, the signed shown in that photo is meant in good fun. After all, CBS commentators present at the arena said during the Purdue-Cincinnati game preceding Kentucky’s game Thursday night against Hampton that Louisville’s arena was mostly filled with Kentucky blue.
In other words, many fans walked 76 miles from Lexington. Or they actually took the short hour-plus drive down the road to watch their Wildcats begin their NCAA Tournament journey, which many believe will end in yet another championship for Coach Calipari while using a roster mostly composed of freshman and almost entirely with McDonald’s All Americans.
Kentucky defeated their rivals in Louisville on December 27 this season. Louisville is a No. 4 seed in the East region, but play Friday in Seattle.
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