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The top five college basketball local fan bases

Jan 31, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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How much do the folks in the state of Kentucky like their college basketball? A whole lot.

According to Nielsen, more than 50% of the population in the Bluegrass State has “watched, attended or listened” to both the Kentucky and Louisville basketball programs in the past 12 months.

Kentucky checking in at 67% is downright scary. They’re called Big Blue Nation for a reason, right?

Syracuse, Ohio State, and Memphis rounded out the top five.

IMG College’s Andrew Giangola tweeted the report from Nielsen:

This weekend, however, it is Syracuse that will be the focal point of the college basketball world as they host Duke.