First thought upon surveying the Final Four field: This is about as big-time as it gets.
Second thought: The Big Ten has never been and will never be more popular than Saturday night.
Michigan State takes on a Duke program people love to hate. Wisconsin takes on a Kentucky program people love to hate. While lovers of theater and storylines would revel in a Duke-Kentucky national title game next Monday, more people are likely to be rooting against the Evil Empires of college basketball.
Last Saturday in Syracuse, when Jerian Grant’s desperation shot missed everything and Kentucky hung on to beat Notre Dame, Faegan’s Cafe & Pub instantly deflated. Not a single celebratory voice was heard amid a crowd of a couple hundred. When Notre Dame is the more lovable entity, that tells you where a lot of people stand on Kentucky.
The Wildcats’ NBA assembly-line resurgence under John Calipari has allowed UK to shoulder in on the Most Despised Program Status that Duke has claimed for at least aRead More »from Final Four Likability Index: Who should you root for in Indy?