What is college basketball without rivalries? Rivalries are the Old Faithful of the sport: something you can always count on to excite the fan base and bring out passion, and occasionally ugliness, from both participants. Their outcomes can shape a generation—or more—and divide regions, states and even households. A rivalry game can be the most-talked about event on campus for weeks, or even months, preceeding it.
No matter who you root for, chances are your team has at least one chief rival: the team you under no circumstances want your side to lose to, the one whose fans you’d like nothing more than to see crushed with disappointment at the hands of “the good guys.”
We polled our writers an effort to determine the sport’s richest rivalries, both past and present, that capture the essence of college basketball’s annual battles. The below list is the result. Read more>