Many UK fans in the mountains took an extended lunch break this afternoon to watch Kentucky play. People packed local restaurants and others were glued to their TVs.
Some people we talked to say they did everything they could to get to watch the cats
The Wildcat Faithful came out to watch UK's first SEC Tournament game and many had to take an extended lunch break to do it.
“Just came in here with some friends from work and watch the game and hope the cats win,” Chris Coffey says.
Many people packed Applebee’s in Hazard to see the wildcats in action.
“It's about the only place you can watch it with big screen TV’s and it's just a bunch of buddies come up and watch every game,” Dwight Ison says.
And one manager says he is happy to oblige.
“It's a lot of fun,” David Halcomb says. “Everybody has a good time everybody is laid back, relaxed and everybody enjoys the game.”
Some UK Medical Students just finished taking a big exam and used the second half of the game to wind down.
“It's been a rough day but we came in here to relax a little bit and catch up on the game,” Kara Richey says.
“I was a little stressed coming in,” Jason Spear says. “I didn't think I was going to watch the first half and I knew I wouldn't. And I figured watching the second half would be a good way to de-stress and then I saw the score of the first half and it added to my stress.”
Coffey says UK has the best fans in college basketball.
“If you're from Kentucky you understand it,” Coffey says. “It's in your blood, it's awesome. It's crazy, everybody has a good time. Especially during tournament time people who don't have season tickets get to watch the games. Get a different crowd and a different atmosphere it's awesome.”
And Big Blue Fans have plenty to cheer for.