Commonwealth Of Kentucky: Still The Basketball Capitol Of The World
Posted by Matt on March 25, 2008
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Everybody knows the storied history of the Kentucky Wildcats and, while they’re down by their standards in very recent history, the ‘Cats will no doubt be back at the top in the very near future under the tutelage of one Billy Clyde Gillispie.
Everybody knows of the successes of the Louisville Cardinals under Denny Crum, of which is being resurrected by Rick Pitino.
All the while Murray State, Morehead State, and even Eastern Kentucky have seen some intermittent success in the Ohio Valley Conference with former Kentucky Wildcats Kyle Macy and Travis Ford coaching at Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky, respectively, at some point throughout their coaching careers.
This year sees both the Louisville Cardinals and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers advancing to the Sweet 16 of the men’s NCAA Tournament which gives the state of Kentucky two Sweet 16 participants to tie California, North Carolina, and Tennessee as the most representatives per state.
There is, however, two less talked about teams also making their own way in the NAIA from the state of Kentucky in the form of Georgetown College and Campbellsville University. Both teams made the NAIA Fab Four that was played in Kansas City last night, and while both teams lost their respective games, the feat marked the first time that two Kentucky teams made the NAIA Fab Four in the same year.
Campbellsville University is a program that was sparked by the aforementioned Travis Ford and his 1997-2000 head coaching run that culminated with an NAIA Tournament appearance in his final season and a 67-31 overall record. Since then, Campbellsville has gone on to win the Mid-South Conference Tournment in 2006 and see NAIA Tournament appearances in three straight years from 2006-2008, with Sweet 16s in 2006 and 2007 to add to their Fab Four run of this year.
As good as Campbellsville has been, Georgetown has seen even more success over the years. The Tigers of Georgetown have reached the NAIA Fab Four eleven times to add to their four NAIA Championship Game appearances, with a National Championship in 1998, and an overall record of 1637-830-1 (.663). Head coach Happy Osborne has been at the helm for 12 years and has built an overall record of 371-66 (.849) during his stay.
Whether it be in distant history or recent, many states have made their case for basketball supremacy. From California to North Carolina and even Tennessee in the past few years, at some point all have had multiple teams fighting it out at or near the top. But from top to bottom, from large schools to small, the Commonwealth of Kentucky is still the ‘Basketball Capitol of the World.’
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