At Powerline, they think it’s a joke on Minnesota, which has such a rivalry with next door Wisconsin. As a UK fan, I know it’s an inside joke on Kentucky. We know everyone hates our basketball program but we don’t much care since it goes with the territory of a legendary basketball history and a phenomenal fan base. I sometimes think there’s an issue of cultural elitist snobbery – witness the success of that stupid book about racism which the author later was forced to admit he never heard from coach Adolph Rupp or any players but hey it makes such a nice story -but Kentucky fans have a history of ignoring the haters. Plus we know there’s plenty of dirt at other college programs, people love to stick it to Kentucky, Why shouldn’t we love our basketball? If there’s real dirt, we’ll get rid of the dirty folks and pay the price but we’ll still come back to support our program.
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/04/not-politics-basketball-worse-an-inside-joke.php and http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/03/goose-sky-and-monster-mash-all-time-kentucky-basketball-greats.php