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.