When it comes to loyal and devoted college basketball fandom, there's simply no place like my old Kentucky home.
The University of Kentucky Wildcats have the most wins in the history of college basketball, and they also have the highest winning percentage. They've appeared in the NCAA tournament more times than any other team, and have won more games in said tournament than every other school in existence. Add all of this to the eight national titles under their belt and it's undebatable that the Wildcats are the most storied team in history.
These stats are impressive, but they don't quite get to the number one reason why Kentucky basketball is basketball.
What really makes Kentucky Basketball what it is are the fans. Not only do UK fans love Kentucky-they just love basketball on the whole. This year, Twitter data proves that when it comes to March Madness, nobody's watching as closely as the Bluegrass State.
According to Twitter, Kentucky is the #1 state in per capita mentions of "March Madness" or "#marchmadness." Kentucky is followed by Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin–in that order.
UK, an 8 seed, will face Kansas State, a 9 seed, tonight in the NCAA second (first) round. Tip off is set for 9:40 pm EST.
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