Whether they're alums or just fans, these celebs are going hard for their favorite college basketball teams

By Nate Jones
April 04, 2014 12:15 PM
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With March Madness whittling down to its Final Four (Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin, for those just tuning in now), sports fans have moved from cheering on the success of their own brackets to rooting for their favorites of the quartet of teams remaining. Celebrities are no different. Though Louisville’s own Jennifer Lawrence may be left without a team to root for, other members of the A-list have fared far luckier.

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.

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