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Wildcat fandom is family affair for Cape Girardeau man

(Cape Girardeau County resident Mark Matthews cheers on the Wildcats with his grandson, Owen. Source: KFVS 12.) (Cape Girardeau County resident Mark Matthews cheers on the Wildcats with his grandson, Owen. Source: KFVS 12.)
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

There are college basketball fans and then there are Kentucky basketball fans.

The Wildcats will look to continue their perfect season in Saturday's Final Four game in Indianapolis.

Kentucky fan and Cape Girardeau County resident Mark Matthews will make the trip to go see the Wildcats play.

Only Matthews is no ordinary fan.

His basement is filled with decades' worth of UK basketball memorabilia.

"It's just a lifetime of Kentucky Basketball," Matthews said.

Tickets from the 100th year of Kentucky basketball, brackets from '96 and '98 and newspaper headlines from the '78 championships create a timeline of Kentucky's success on the court make up just a part of his collection.

For the Kentucky native, being a Wildcat fan is a family affair.

"This was just another one from coach Cal autographed for my mother," he said.

He passed it on to his kids.

"There were our children's one year old pictures that Rick Pitino autographed," Matthews continued.

Matthews will be making his second trip to watch the Wildcats in a Final Four.

"It's always nice having success," Matthews said.

He hopes that will continue for the next generation of Big Blue Nation like his grandson, Owen.

"It's just something you grow up with in the state of Kentucky and this little one we're kind of treating him the same way," Matthews said.

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