The Duke Blue Devils and the 50 Best Fanbases in College Basketball

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2010

The Duke Blue Devils and the 50 Best Fanbases in College Basketball

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    DURHAM, NC - DECEMBER 01:  Cameron Crazies watch on during the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 1, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    College basketball is one of the most followed sports in America.  It is very exciting to watch and rather unpredictable.  The beauty of college basketball is that anything can happen at any given time.

    The number one team in the nation is never safe, and if you are a ranked team going into an unranked opponent's home arena, you are on upset alert.

    It's such a beautiful game that is full of poise, athleticism and emotion.  It is pure and basketball at one of its rawest forms.

    A major part of what makes college basketball so exciting is the passionate fanbases all around the nation.

    Here are the 50 best college basketball fanbases in the nation.

50. Creighton

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    Creighton has some great fans.  They have great attendance frequently and even though a lot of people haven't even heard of them, they are loyal fans.

49. Seton Hall

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    Seton Hall is an annual NCAA contender.  They have a great fanbase and following, putting them on this list.

48. Notre Dame

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    Although the football team is always in the spotlight, the basketball team is treated almost as a second class citizen.  It still has a great following though because after all, it is the historic Notre Dame.

47. South Florida

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    South Florida has a very loyal basketball following and they compete well.  South Florida is not a place that an opposing team really wants to go play because of the atmosphere created by the loyal fan base.

46. Cornell

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    Cornell has the best fans in the Ivy League for basketball and they are tough to beat.  They even advanced to the sweet 16 last season before losing to Kentucky.

45. Virginia Tech

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    Virginia Tech is just not a place that a team wants to come in and play.  Their loyal fan base normally fills Cassell Coliseum, which is an older gym that gets very loud.

44. Dayton

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    The Dayton Flyers almost always make the tournament and are a tough team to play at home because of their loyal fanbase.  For such a small school, it has a great following and is considered one of the best fanbases in the nation.

43. Kansas State

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Nick Russell #12 of the Kansas State Wildcats is hugged by Wally Judge #33 during the game against the UNLV Rebels on December 21, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Kansas State fans are some of the rowdiest fans in the nation.  They create an obnoxious environment for opponents to play in.

42. Vanderbilt

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    NASHVILLE, TN - FEBRUARY 20: Patrick Patterson #54 of the Kentucky Wildcats dives for a loose ball against Steve Tchiengang #33 of the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium on February 20, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. Kentucky defeated Vanderbilt 5
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    Vanderbilt fans are some of the best as well.  They generally are very loud and with the weird court setup, it's hard for anyone to win a game at Vanderbilt.

41. Butler

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    Butler Bulldog fans are always representing their school.  They almost always sell out Hinkle Fieldhouse and are a rowdy group of fans.  

40. Northwestern

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    The Wildcats may not have the biggest arena, and they definitely don't have the biggest fanbase, but they are very loyal to their school.  They are one of the best because of always supporting their team even though they have never made the tournament.  It's a tough place to play, just ask my Purdue Boilermakers.

39. Boston College

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    Boston College fans are definitely wild.  They get loud and they pack Conte Forum making it one of the toughest places to play in basketball.

38. Minnesota

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    Minnesota fans are just about like hockey fans.  In fact, many of them are hockey fans, and it gets rowdy fast.  Playing at the Barn is no easy task for opposing teams.

37. Cincinnati

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    The Bearcats have one of the best college basketball followings in the nation.  They play great basketball and generate some great fans.  It's a tough place to play, and the fans generally travel well.

36. Missouri

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    COLUMBIA, MO - DECEMBER 08:  Missouri Tiger cheerleaders in action during the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Missouri Tigers on December 8, 2010 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Missouri has a great team this season and has had a good fanbase for a while now.  They are loud and can create quite an uproar. 

35. Oklahoma

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    This football school can also draw quite the crowd for basketball.  They play well and when the team is playing at a high level, the fans are showing up at a high number.

34. Arizona State

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    Arizona State is known as a party school, and man do they party at basketball games.  The crowd is rocking when they are playing well, making it a tough environment to play in, not to mention distracting as shown in the picture.

33. Florida State

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    Florida State fans are generally football fans, but that doesn't stop them from cheering on their basketball team.  

32. UCLA

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    UCLA had one of the best fan bases for a long time, but it has started to decline.  They still show up in force and it's still a wild environment, but it's not what it used to be.

31. Xavier

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 9: Xavier Musketeers fans cheer during the game against the Butler Bulldogs at Cintas Center on December 9, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier defeated Butler 51-49. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Xavier has been a perennial tournament team for a few years now.  They have a very loyal fanbase who comes out in force.  When playing in Xavier, one must be on lookout for an upset.

30. Villanova

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26:  Corey Fisher #10 of the Villanova Wildcats looks on against the Tennessee Volunteers during the Championship game at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Although a small university, Nova brings a strong fanbase to the table in terms of college basketball.  They come out and support their team.  The Pavilion might not have a large crowd, but it's loud.

29. Wake Forrest

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    7 Nov 2000:   Wake Forest Demon Deacons fans celebrate their 84-53 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks at Joel Coliseum in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Mandatory DIGITAL IMAGE Credit: Craig Jones/ALLSPORT
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    Wake Forrest is one of those teams I think of when I think college basketball.  Their fans are loud and proud. When they have a great team, they are rocking their home court making it a tough place to play.

28. Georgetown

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    WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 11:  Georgetown Hoyas fans cheer before the start of a basketball game against the Villanova Wildcats at Verizon Center on Febuary 11, 2008 in Washington, D.C.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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    Georgetown has a great fanbase.  They come out in force to cheer on their team, and it's a tough place to play basketball. 

27. West Virginia

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    INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Fans of the West Virginia Mountaineers cheer on their team in the first half against the Duke Blue Devils during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April
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    West Virginia has some of the craziest fans in the nation.  They get loud, they do provocative cheers and they throw stuff.  They aren't classy, but they are loud.

26. New Mexico

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    New Mexico fans show up and support their team every single game.  They have great attendance and are very loud fans giving their team a great advantage.  The Pit Arena is very loud and with the resurgence of the program it will only get louder.

25. Baylor

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    WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 3:  Baylor Bears fans watch the game against the TCU Horned Frogs on September 3, 2006 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. TCU defeated Baylor 17-7.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Baylor can really bring in a crowd, not only for their men's games, but for their women's too.  Baylor is a tough place to play basketball and the fans are just great.

24. UNLV

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 21:  Derrick Jasper #5 of the UNLV Rebels grabs a pass against the Kansas State Wildcats during the game on December 21, 2010 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    UNLV has a very loyal fanbase who gets loud.  Being located in Vegas, it is surprising how great their attendance is.

23. Arkansas

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    Arkansas has a great college basketball following.  Although mainly a football school, they still have a very loud crowd for basketball games.

22. Purdue

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    CHICAGO - MARCH 13:  The mascot for Purdue University entertains fans during the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament game between the Michigan State University Spartans and the Purdue University Boilermakers at the United Center on March 14, 2003 in Chica
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    The Boilermakers have always had a strong basketball following, and Mackey Arena is one of the toughest places to play in the country.  The fanbase is strong, and basketball is just an Indiana tradition.

21. BYU

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    BYU fans are some of the best fans in the nation. They generally fill up their arena and create a tough environment to play in.  

20. Connecticut

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Jamal Coombs-McDaniel #4 the Connecticut Huskies drives to the basket over  Paris Horne #23 of the St. John's Red Storm at Madison Square Garden on March 9, 2010 in New York, New York. The Red Storm defeated the Huskies 73-51.  (Photo
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    Connecticut has a big fanbase. Besides playing in a more pro-style arena, it is still a very tough place to play, and they have a great fanbase to keep it rocking.

19. North Carolina State

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    North Carolina State is a tough place to play for any team.  They tend to always be very good at upsetting their rivals!

18. Ohio State

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 26: An Ohio State Buckeyes fan wears a shirt with reference to Saturday's Michigan at Ohio State football rivalry game cheers during the game against the Miami RedHawks at Value City Arena on November 26, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Oh
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    Ohio State has a very loyal fanbase, but they are definitely second to the football team.  Their pro-style arena doesn't create a very strong home-court advantage, but they still have great fans.

17. Arizona

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 27:  Solomon Hill #44 of the Arizona Wildcats looks to pass against the Kansas Jayhawks during the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational at The Orleans Arena November 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kansas won 87-79.  (Photo
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    Arizona has one of the most loyal fanbases in college basketball.  Many Wildcat fans were not happy with not making the tournament last season, but they should get it back on track this year.

16. Maryland

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    SPOKANE - MARCH 19:  Greivis Vasquez #21 of the Maryland Terrapins passes against the Houston Cougars during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 19, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule
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    Maryland has one of the best fanbases in the nation.  They make their home court one of the toughest places to play in the nation.

15. Illinois

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    Illinois has one of the toughest venues to play at in the nation.  Their fans are right on top of you and they are loud.  They are great fans that are very knowledgeable, not to mention the Orange Krush is intimidating. 

14. Texas

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  A fan of the Texas Longhorns cheers prior to the Citi BCS National Championship game between the Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/G
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    The longhorns fanbase is very strong, especially for a football school.  They always have strong attendance and it's a very tough place to play, especially during the Big 12 season.

13. Wisconsin

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 20:  Head coach Bo Ryan of the Wisconsin Badgers argues a referee's call during a game against the UNLV Rebels at the Thomas & Mack Center November 20, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 68-65.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Wisconsin is one of the toughest places to play in the nation.  It's hard to win up there and you might as well count it as a loss. Their fans are some of the toughest in the nation, and they show up whatever the weather might be outside.

12. Marquette

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    BOISE, ID - MARCH 20:  Fans of the Marquette Golden Eagles cheer during the game against the Utah State Aggies in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Taco Bell Arena on March 20, 2009 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Jed J
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    Marquette is one of the smaller universities on the scene, but they have a great basketball following,  They are able to really draw a great crowd.  No one wants to play against them at home.

11. Memphis

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07:  Will Coleman #0 of the Memphis Tigers contests a rebound with Elijah Johnson #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks during their game at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick La
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    Memphis fans are great.  They show up, cheer loud and give their small school a great chance of winning at home.  They play in the conference USA, but that doesn't matter, they are still a college basketball big dog.

10. Oregon

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    PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 27:  E. J. Singler #25 of the Oregon Ducks dribbles against his brother Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils  on November 27, 2010 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    Oregon has one of the best fanbases in the nation.  They play in one of the oldest gyms in the nation and it is a tough place to play.  They will be moving next season, but the fans will still show up, only this time in greater numbers!

9. Michigan State

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    INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Fans of the Michigan State Spartans support their team against the Butler Bulldogs during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by
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    Michigan State has one of the most loyal fan bases in the nation.  Not only do they have a strong base, but they also have one of the best student sections in the IZZONE. MSU is a tough place to play for any opponent.

8. Louisville

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - DECEMBER 11:  George Goode#0 of the Louisville Cardinals shoots the ball during the game against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at KFC YUM! Center on December 11, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Louisville has a big time following and has some great fans.  They just moved into a new stadium and that will just help their home-court advantage.  Their new stadium has their fans saying YUM—literally.

7. Syracuse

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    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07:  Rick Jackson #00 of Syracuse Orange dunks the ball on Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans during their game at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham
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    Syracuse has a strong fanbase.  They set a record home crowd last season having over 30,000 people show up to a basketball game. The Orange fans are a great bunch and are spirited.  This makes them some of the best fans in the nation.

6. Tennessee

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    NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 26: The Tennessee Volunteers  celebrate defeating the Villanova Wildcats  during the Championship game at Madison Square Garden on November 26, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    Tennessee fans are very loyal.  One shouldn't ever say anything bad on a Tennessee message board, or they will be steadily attacked—trust me.  They show up and support their team and make their stadium one of the worst places to play in the country.

5. Indiana

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    BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 23:  Christian Watford #2 of the Indiana Hoosiers shoots the ball during the game against the North Carolina Central Eagles at Assembly Hall on November 23, 2010 in Bloomington, Indiana.  Indiana won 72-56.(Photo by Andy Lyons/G
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    Although Indiana has been down for a few years, they still have one of the best fanbases in the nation. Sure, they complain a lot, and root for Notre Dame football, but they still show up and cheer, making Assembly Hall one of the most intimidating places to play in the nation.

4. North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - MARCH 04:  The North Carolina Tar Heel fans heckle Uche Echefu #41 of the Florida State Seminoles during the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center on March 4, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  North Carolina defeated Florida State 9
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    Tar Heel fans are all around the country.  It's hard to go out of your house during basketball season without seeing some kind of Tar Heel apparel.  The fans pack the stadium making it a tough place to play.

3. Kansas

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    OKLAHOMA CITY - MARCH 20:  Fans of the Kansas Jayhawks hold up signs which read 'Rock Chalkin all the way to Indy' against the Northern Iowa Panthers during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Ford Center on March 20, 2010 in
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    Kansas has one of the most passionate fanbases in the country.  Their fans can really make a huge difference in the game, and the Rock Chalk cheer is one of the craziest spectacles in college basketball.

2. Duke

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    DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 11:  The Cameron Crazies of Duke taunt Bobby Frasor #4 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game on February 11, 2009 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin Cox/Getty Images)
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    There is not much to say about the Duke Blue Devils.  Duke fans are passionate and loud.  Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of the craziest places to play in college basketball, and the Cameron Crazies are the best student section in the nation.

1. Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 30:  A general view of Rupp Arena during the Kentucky Wildcats game against the Boston University Terriers on November 30, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Kentucky has one of the most loyal fanbases in the country.  Sure, their fans can get really annoying, and they just think the world of their team, but they really are passionate.  Say what you want about them, they truly are the best fanbase in the country.

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    James Evens is a Purdue Student, as well as a college intern for Bleacher Report.  He also serves as a Featured Columnist for College Basketball and Football, as well as serving as the Purdue Featured Columnist for both sports.  

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