A Final Four preview from a Kentucky perspective: the importance of college hoops to rural America

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The NCAA final four begins on Sunday in Indianapolis. To get you ready for some great games we take a look at where great players come from. Several of the hotshots from Duke and Butler cut their teeth, not on the urban blacktop, but in the dirt roads of rural America. How common is this? Very!

Dee Davis is the President of the Center for Rural Strategies, and more importantly for this interview, he’s a college basketball nut, which is clear from his latest piece in The Daily Yonder.

Dee explains the community value of great teams to small towns. And why school hoops can be a social equalizer and vital component of rural Americana, even if all the basketball movies are about street ball in cities.

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