Monday, April 2, 2012

Daily Discussion: UK or KU?

Another college basketball season will officially be one for the books tonight, and we already know that a giant in the collegiate hoops world will be crowned champion, whether it be the Wildcats of Kentucky winning their 8th championship or the Jayhawks of Kansas taking home their 4th. If you've got money riding on one of these teams winning, it's pretty obvious who you'll be rooting for, but it's not nearly as clear-cut for the rest of us.

If TCU were joining the SEC next year, we would all clearly be rooting for Kentucky. That's just the way the SEC works- they all root for their conference brethren against outsiders. The MWC had a bit of that, and obviously I think most of us would be cheering for UNLV or San Diego State had they made it this far.

But I'm not so sure that's the way things go in the Big 12. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the rivalries between Big 12 teams seem to be such that they always root against one another- even if they're playing for a title against a team from another conference. I don't have anything against Kansas in particular, other than their arrogant and nerdy fans, but I would also bristle at the thought of being put in a position where I had to root for Baylor or Texas or Oklahoma.

So are you pro-Kansas because of the Big 12 connection, or anti-Jayhawk for just the same reason? Does the thought of watching slimeball John Calipari raising the trophy make your skin crawl, or are you in a position to win some cash depending on who wins tonight's game?

7 comments:

Sir Wesley Willis said...

The fact that I'm getting fully on-board the Bruce Pearl train for TCU leads me to believe I should embrace my inner NCAA criminal and root for UK. Also, Kansas cost me a bigger bet than I'd care to reflect on this past weekend in Vegas, whereas Kentucky gave up a late 3 to allow L'ville to cover, so I kind of hate the Jayhawks right now. Sports gambling, it's a beast of burden.

SBP10 said...

This same mentality is what has made the Big12 fall apart recently. Root for your own conference!

Go KU!

Kelly said...

I grew up in Kansas City, and my whole family went to KU, so I have always been a huge Jayhawk fan. I have also always supported Big 12 teams whenever they are not competing against KU. I don't know if that is the norm, but it is for me and my family.

Once TCU starts competing against KU next year, I will always support my alma mater (TCU), but any game KU is not facing TCU in, I will still strongly support the Jayhawks.

I highly doubt KU will pull off a win tonight, but I will be one happy camper if they do.

Kelly said...

I grew up in Kansas City, and my whole family went to KU, so I have always been a huge Jayhawk fan. I have also always supported Big 12 teams whenever they are not competing against KU. I don't know if that is the norm, but it is for me and my family.

Once TCU starts competing against KU next year, I will always support my alma mater (TCU), but any game KU is not facing TCU in, I will still strongly support the Jayhawks.

I highly doubt KU will pull off a win tonight, but I will be one happy camper if they do.

Reed said...

Screw Kansas im rooting for Kentucky

general125 said...

As a kid growing up in Oklahoma in 1988, I'm still pissed the one time Kansas beat OU that year was in the national championship game. OU was the better team that year. I'll always be convinced of that.

general125 said...

It's a good tournament for me when Kansas loses in the first weekend. They can go fuck themselves. I can't stand Kansas basketball.