The Big Blue Nation prides itself on having the best college basketball program in the country. Winning seven national championships over six decades, the Kentucky Wildcats are almost constantly successful in college basketball.
With more wins than any other program, Kentucky fans have become accustomed to winning. Like I have said before, there is nothing that takes precedent over the Wildcat basketball program in the state of Kentucky.
In Louisville, whose school has the sixth-ranked fan base on this list, the Courier-Journal polls subscribers to see which university they prefer so that the newspaper can headline the more popular team. Every year, the Kentucky Wildcats are the favorite.
In John Calipari’s first year as head coach, he noticed during one of the early games, when Kentucky schedules weak opponents, that Rupp Arena was completely full. All 24,000 seats were filled to see the Wildcats play a team nobody outside of Kentucky had ever heard of.
The Kentucky fans knew who they were because they did their own scouting of the team prior to the game. On Calipari’s radio show, he talks about how Kentucky fans watch tape, similar to the way the coaching staff watches tape.
No other fan base does that.