INDIANAPOLIS — Scott Moody is a man of conflicting interests.
He paired a black and blue Kentucky hat with a gold and black Northern Kentucky shirt at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Thursday. Moody, a lifelong Wildcats fan from Richmond, Ky., will be watching his daughter’s boyfriend suit up for the Norse on Friday night.
He never thought he’d have to choose between the two schools, calling it a “worst-case scenario.”
“I’m a huge UK fan,” Moody said. “I truly think UK’s gonna blow them out but I hope it’s a close game and I hope Brennan (Gillis) does well.”
Gillis is a sophomore forward for the Norse. And while he has the Moody family cheering for both sides, it’s a conundrum for several in the Commonwealth. Only 84 miles separate the two schools.
Northern Kentucky guard Mason Faulkner grew up in Glasgow, Ky., and his family used to be split 50/50 between Kentucky and Louisville. But that’s all changed. They’re sporting NKU gear now.
“They have to be,” Faulkner said. “I won’t let them be anything else.”
And as the Norse drew nearer to an NCAA Tournament berth, NKU players noticed less blue and white apparel on campus.
“At the beginning of the year, you’ll see some,” sophomore forward Drew McDonald said. “As basketball season got on, we got more students to the game. It dwindled down. I did read any student who had a free ticket to the game or won a ticket, they are not allowed to wear UK stuff. It dwindled down as we won games, and they’ve come to support us more.”
But Moody isn’t ready to ditch his UK cap.
“I win either way,” he said with a smile.