College Basketball Rooting Interests

I grew up a UK fan, went to UNC for my Master’s, and went to IU for my Ph.D. I also did an internship at UCLA and took a class at Duke. So I’ve spent significant time at 5 of the top 6 college basketball programs all-time. Because of this, I have a very complicated hierarchy of rooting interests.

Here, in order, are the teams I most root for:
1. Kentucky Wildcats
2. Indiana Hoosiers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Xavier Musketeers
5. Ohio State Buckeyes
6. Marquette Golden Eagles
7. Butler Bulldogs
8. Michigan State Spartans
9. UCLA Bruins

So when two of my teams are playing each other, you can check the above list to see which team I’m cheering for.

During March Madness, I typically cheer for the underdog unless one of my teams above is playing.

I actively cheer against certain teams, but I’ll refrain from posting those here in case one of those schools wants to hire me this year.

0 thoughts on “College Basketball Rooting Interests

  1. Mike Gill

    You should make a complete ranking of all the D1 teams then create an analytic that scrapes the ESPN scores page each day and calculates how happy you are with the results. Because emotions work way better when you first calculate how you should feel, right?


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