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    Basketball fans have taken notice: Kentucky?s game against LSU Tuesday ? the Wildcats briefly led by 13 in the second half, but held on to win by one ? drew 2.4 million viewers on ESPN according to Sports TV Ratings. And that?s not even the biggest number Kentucky has pulled this season: When Kentucky beat unranked Florida last Saturday, 3.2 million people watched.

    A night later, LeBron vs. his former team, Miami, only drew a TV audience of 1.59 million. The ESPN nightcap Wednesday between the Rockets and Clippers ? two playoff teams with popular stars in James Harden and Chris Paul ? drew 1.4 million viewers.

    The NBA is having a transitional season, with the Hawks and Warriors possessing the best records, the Celtics, Knicks and Lakers lottery-bound, and in a star-driven league, that?s going to result in lower TV ratings. Last week, the Cavs/Clippers game on TNT brought in just 1.8 million viewers.

    Pretty amazing. If UK gets to 28-0 this is going to be insane. Hey, I wouldn't be shocked if UK lost to Arkansas or especially in the SEC Tourney (SEC is tough this year and everyone takes their best shot at UK).

    If UK plays Duke in the Final 4, it might be the highest rated basketball game of all time. In fact, I'm calling it now. If they play in the Final 4, more human beings in America will see that game on TV than any other game ever - college or pro.
    2014-2015 Kentucky Wildcats (38-1)

    Congrats to Wisconsin. Even more congrats to UK haters.