Ashley Judd (left) and Kentucky’s Julius Randle
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From former athletes to proud graduates to bandwagoners, let’s run down the stars cheering for each Final Four team during the 2014 tournament.
Florida is an athletic powerhouse in both basketball and football, which means there are dozens of proud Gator alums currently starring in the pros, and also Tim Tebow. Of course, supporting her school comes naturally to Erin Andrews, a former Gators Dazzlers dancer. (And watch the NSF language, Joakim!)
Despite graduating a plethora of stars – Moby! Judy Collins! Meg Ryan! – the University of Connecticut hasn’t enjoyed the same groundswell of celebrity support as its rivals. Have UConn fans been spoiled by the team’s years of March Madness success? Greta Van Susteren couldn’t even marshal up any punctuation.
The list of Wisconsin alums making waves in the entertainment industry is fairly small, but the Badgers have been lucky to earn the support of one local celebrity, who’s eagerly thrown off his Berkeley associations to wrap himself in red and white.
But if Florida, Connecticut and Wisconsin each have their own individual constellations of stars supporting them, Kentucky has an entire galaxy. You wouldn’t think Lexington, Ky., had all that much in common with Hollywood, but coach John Calipari’s take-no-prisoners approach has proved appealing even to celebrities who grew up in other countries. (We’re looking at you, Drake.) And then there are the alumni, led by one very passionate Wildcats fan whose Twitter account makes no secret of her affection for her alma mater.
Both Final Four games will take place Saturday, April 5.