College basketball means a lot of things. It means exciting games, upsets, and Cinderella stories. It also means crazy fans cheering their teams on.
College basketball fans have silly, irrational relationships with their teams. We’re talking about students who camp outside arenas in tents ahead of a big game, just so they can get a great spot in the student section. We’re talking about people that will take their clothes off, paint their bodies with their team colors and then walk to the game in the middle of the winter. That’s next-level fandom.
Right now, you’re probably thinking back to the days of your youth, and the bizarre things you did to show your love for your team. Well, keep those feelings going with a trip through the 35 top college basketball fan bases.
Take a look and see if your team made the cut. If not, you may need to try harder.
It’s not as easy to be a Duke fan as it might seem on the surface. Sure, they have a great tradition, the greatest college basketball coach in the history of the sport, and are almost always competing for national championships.
With all that comes incredible hate. Tell people you’re a Duke fan and they’ll turn their nose up at you. Duke fans to a good job internalizing all that hate though. Just watch a game at Cameron Indoor sometime. The Cameron Crazies are the most energetic and frenetic bunch of fans in the country.