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A Morehead State T-shirt every Kentucky fan should own

Jeff Eisenberg
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When Rebecca Holbrook started sifting through the orders for a T-shirt commemorating Morehead State's opening-round upset of in-state power Louisville, it didn't take long for her to realize the item was popular among more than Eagles fans.

Many of the online orders came from email addresses with UKfan or GoBigBlue in them.

"That was a big clue," said Holbrook, retail manager at the Morehead State bookstore. "We've had a lot of Kentucky fans wearing them to take a dig at their neighbor."

To commemorate 13th-seeded Morehead State's 62-61 victory over Louisville last week, the school is selling T-shirts with the score on the front and the slogan "Yum! Tastes like Victory!" on the back. Yum! Brands is a corporate sponsor of Louisville, whose new arena is called the KFC Yum! Center.

Holbrook initially had 150 T-shirts printed to put on sale Monday, but 95 percent of those sold out via online orders over the weekend and the remaining few were gone within five minutes of the store opening Monday morning. She's ordered a much bigger second shipment due in to the store later this week.

"We tried to make it in your face but have a little bit of dignity to it," Holbrook said. "The response has been great so far."

If hundreds of Missouri fans bought Bucknell T-shirts five years ago after the Bison toppled Kansas in the first round, it's no surprise that Kentucky fans are also making a run on this T-shirt to gloat at their rival's misfortune. {YSP:MORE}

Morehead State stars Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper admitted after Thursday's game that numerous Morehead State students grew up rooting for Kentucky and might support the Wildcats if the two teams played. Furthermore, teammate Ty Proffitt said that he heard from dozens of friends who are Kentucky fans in the 24 hours after the game.

"Where I'm from in Kentucky, southeastern Kentucky, everybody is a Kentucky fan," he said. "Everybody hates Louisville. So everyone has been calling, thanking me, Facebooking me, texting me. Just so happy that we beat Louisville."

Holbrook said a Morehead State alum she knows received a free lunch and a round of golf over the weekend from Kentucky fans grateful the Eagles ousted Louisville.

"A lot of people in Kentucky do root for UK," Holbrook said. "That blue runs through the whole state."

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