Indiana Basketball: Twitter feud shows need for series vs. Kentucky

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Indiana Basketball needs to renew its rivalry with Kentucky

If you follow Indiana Basketball related accounts on Twitter, you may have seen the controversy today regarding this article.

You would think this would be a totally acceptable and interesting article to write in a COVID-19 world where content creators (such as your friends at Hoosier State of Mind) have had to scratch and claw to write pieces with almost no real news happening since March. However, Kentucky fans seem to have an issue with this.

As a result of this reprehensible post, the two fanbases have been at each other’s throats all day long.

I have long been of the mindset that Kentucky fans are by far worse than Purdue fans. Having grown up in the South my entire life, I have been around many a UK fan. I have come to realize that the only fanbase that does not hate Kentucky is the Kentucky fanbase themselves. There is no such thing as a person being lukewarm in their opinion of the Wildcats.

Kentucky fans are the definition of irrational and belligerent, and when they are bored, they do things like pick on an article that a recent college graduate put a ton of time and effort into making. There was no sense of hostility towards Kentucky in the article to provoke such a vicious response.

If I had to pick a reason why this Twitter feud has occurred, it would be exactly the reason that @themoplady on Twitter pointed out:

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Even though Indiana hasn’t played a regular-season game against Kentucky since the Wat Shot, it’s plain to see: we are in their heads. It just goes to show the two teams need to play each other again. When two fanbases hate each other this much, you simply have to let them play one another. There is so much pent up anger from both sides that can only be relieved by beating the other team again.

Hopefully, Bruiser Flint’s move to Kentucky will help connect Archie Miller and John Calipari in a way that makes this happen, because college basketball is missing out.