Rivalry games are a microcosm of everything that makes college sports so popular in America.
There’s passion, bright school colors, crude chants from the student section and just the right amount of hatred on the court or field from the players to make the game that much more entertaining.
The records don’t really mean anything in these games, and even the best coaches can have their jobs on the line if they don’t win them enough. Bragging rights are often at stake for entire states or regions, and the offseason just seems to go a bit slower when your team loses to its archrival.
Read on to see 10 of the nastiest rivalries in all of college basketball.
Note: Some rivalries were not included because I didn’t want to have the same team twice.