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What is the Most Popular College Basketball Team in Each State?


Sorry, Louisville, people in Kentucky love Kentucky.

Ticket broker TicketCity released this map detailing what it calls the most popular college basketball team in each state.

Most of the revelations aren’t that surprising, for example, with Big Blue Nation taking hold of its state. Or Kansas, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU, Arkansas and Arizona leading their states.

A few states, though, produced interesting results. For example:

• What are you doing Virginia? The Cavaliers are a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and back-to-back ACC champs, but VCU is the most popular there.

• How about Bruce Pearl in the state of Alabama? Auburn leads that state, edging rival Alabama. UAB, incidentally, is the only team from the state actually in the field.

• Memphis takes hold of the state of Tennessee over SEC programs Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Like Alabama, a mid-major (Belmont), is the state’s only representative in the 2015 field.

Ticket City says it used “fan engagement metrics (google searches by state, Facebook fans, Twitter followers, ticket prices, and attendance as percentage of stadium capacity)” to determine the data.

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