How Kentucky Became a Basketball State

Mar 9, 2012

Spend any time in Kentucky, and you'll notice that residents of the Bluegrass love their basketball.  Of the 72 NCAA men's championship games played since 1939, Kentucky teams have won nine of them.  Only California has more championships.  So, the Commonwealth is a basketball state.  But why?  How did that particular tradition begin?  To find out, Todd Hatton spoke with Murray State University history professor Dr. Duane Bolin.  Dr. Bolin is a former college basketball player himself (Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee), and teaches a class at MSU on the history of Kentucky sports.