The state of Kentucky certainly loves its college basketball. According to a recent Nielsen study, Kentucky and Louisville are the two biggest “local fan bases” in college hoops, with Syracuse, Ohio State and Memphis rounding out the top five. Nielsen counted anyone who “watched, attended or listened to” their local team in the past calendar year as a fan. UK came in with a ridiculous 67%.
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One obvious theme here is how solid each of these programs has been over the past decade. The other, for four of the five, is the lack of an NBA team (Memphis has the Grizzlies) nearby to compete with. Ohio State’s number may actually be the most impressive however, given how much support the football program receives.