With Kentucky loss, SEC fan apathy for basketball exposed again

Kentucky Fans - photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com
Fans – photo by Tammie Brown | WildcatWorld.com

You’ve heard the saying, “If you build it, they will come.” When it comes to and the Tournament, it goes more like this: “Wherever you hold it, they will come.” Everyone knows that the Wildcats have struggled all season with almost an entirely new team, and chances are, they will miss out on the Tournament. But if you happened to be in downtown Nashville Friday evening, you would think ’s team was a prime contender for the national championship.

For Friday’s blowout loss to Vanderbilt, whose campus is two miles from Bridgestone Arena, the Tournament drew its largest crowd of the weekend, and of the 18,000+ in attendance, at least 15,000 were part of the “Blue Mist,” the affectionate name given to Wildcat who take over whatever city the annual extravaganza is being held in. The Commodores would have felt more at home if the game had been in Rupp Arena, not that it was evident from their play.

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