Big Blue Nation has an affinity for basketball. The Commonwealth arguably boasts the deepest lineage of basketball talent in the country.
Including the country's only true high school championship for basketball that has no class system and only one state title, not one for each class.
Similar to the film "Hoosiers," which takes place in that other basketball crazed state. Kentuckians are raised on the purest form of basketball in the country.
David could face Goliath any year in the tournament.
You might be asking, what in the world does any of that have to do with Kentucky Wildcat basketball?
Well, I'm glad you asked. It has everything to do with the Wildcats. For starters, the tournament is hosted at Rupp Arena.
It draws over 100,000 spectators during the week long tournament and pending on the teams, sells out for the final game.
That's right, over 22,000 people come from all over Kentucky to see a high school basketball state championship. Kentucky takes its basketball pretty darn seriously. Its up there with thoroughbreds and bourbon.
Basketball is not simply a sport in Kentucky. It's bragging rights, a way of life, and basically religion.
Many of those 100,000 spectators that file into Rupp Arena to watch the state's best high school players wear Kentucky blue during the college basketball season.
Big Blue Nation turns up in force all over the country. Away games seem to be a little friendlier for the Cats due to their well traveled fan base. People from the Commonwealth live for Kentucky basketball.
Kentucky worships Big Blue with every ounce of its being and Rupp Arena is the basketball cathedral in which they display their devotion. If you don't believe me, John Calipari has yet to lose a home game in his two years as the Wildcats head coach.