Allen Fieldhouse is one of the most intimidating places to play in college basketball, due in part to the success of the Kansas Jayhawks and in part to the vigor of their fans.
Clearly, that vigor rubs some people the wrong way.
The Thrillist’s Matt Meltzer and Jeff Zanotti ranked the “most obnoxious” fanbases in college basketball, and Kansas fans came in at No. 14. They were the only Big 12 fans to crack the list.
In short, Meltzer and Zanotti cited Jayhawks fans’ egos and sense of superiority compared to other programs around them.
“KU’s problem is they’re a great program in a basketball-mad region where the only decent team within a day’s drive is Creighton,” they wrote. “With nobody around to tell them otherwise, Kansas fans think they’re the kings of the sport because James Naismith, inventor of basketball, coached there…It’s that arrogant sense of entitlement that makes conversations with Jayhawks fans like talking to Patriots fans with more pleasant accents.”
If that sense of superiority does exist, it’s hard to argue that it isn’t well-earned. After all, there’s not another team in the nation that can claim 14 straight regular season conference championships. And why wouldn’t the Jayhawks claim James Naismith? The original rules of basketball hang in the DeBruce Center on Kansas’ campus for a reason.
At any rate, at least Kansas fans can take solace they’re not as bad as Maryland fans, who claimed the top spot in Thrillist’s ranking. (Duke came in third, in case you were curious.)
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