College Basketball’s Top 10 Unruly Fanbases
December 19th, 2011| by Lost Lettermen
The crazed environment in college basketball arenas is what separates college basketball from the NBA. Of course, sometimes fans can go over the line with their chants and overall behavior. With that in mind, we examine the top 10 most-unruly fanbases in the country as a follow-up to our Top 10 most unruly college football fanbases.
Badger fans, legendary for making Camp Randall Stadium one of the toughest places to play in the country, used to chuck marshmallows with coins in them. They are just as passionate about basketball – just ask Jared Sullinger, who claimed on Twitter that he had been spit on during then-No. 1 Ohio State’s loss in Madison last February. Why are we not surprised that Wisconsin – a noted party school – also provides some of college hoops’ most-maniacal supporters?
Indiana basketball has been irrelevant the last couple years, but it certainly put itself back on the map with a win over No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 10. Unfortunately, the fans also put themselves back on the map as an unruly bunch. Whether it was almost trampling a Playboy model, making fun of Anthony Davis’ unibrow on national TV and acting pretty much like animals.
8. Kansas State
K-State’s Bramlage Coliseum is known as the “Octagon of Doom” for a reason – the fans are complete animals who mimic the personality of head coach Frank Martin. They target Kansas, which K-State fans refer to as the “Chickenhawks,” and used to toss live chickens on the court to mock them prompting PETA to step in. Like Martin, the best way to describe KSU fans is angry.
Kentucky fans are known for being the most rabid fan base in the country. They travel in packs around the country and always seem to be dressed in blue. But they can be a crazy bunch as well – showing their hate for Rick Pitino, who now coaches rival Louisville, and putting the heat on championship-winning coach Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie when they struggled. Prospects who pick another school to play for do so at their own peril. Heck, not even Yahoo writer Pat Forde is welcome in Lexington. Local police better brace themselves if UK wins it all this year.
The horror story of Kevin Love’s return to Oregon in 2008 is all one needs to know about how Ducks fans got a spot on this list. Sports Illustrated reported that UCLA’s Love, an Oregon native, had to cancel his cell phone because of death threats on his voice mail when he returned for a game in Eugene. Other reports surfaced that said fans called Love’s mother, grandmother and 13-year-old sister “whores.” Stan Love, Kevin’s father who is an Oregon basketball legend, said he’d never come back. Way to go, Ducks.