For the state of Kentucky to become to college basketball what Alabama now is to college football, a daunting standard must be met. Back-to-back NCAA men’s basketball championships by teams from the commonwealth – the University of Kentucky in 2012; Louisville in 2013 – barely even gets our state into the conversation with Alabama. After all, teams from the Yellowhammer State (the University of Alabama three, Auburn one) have won the past four college football BCS national titles.
Four straight NCAA men’s basketball championships for teams from Kentucky might be a bit much to ask, given the inherent uncertainties of a sport whose champions are picked in a one-and-done, 68-team tournament.
Still, there might be another way for our state to trump what Alabama has done in football.