Kentucky Basketball Fan Takes Jab at Houston, Hurricane Harvey Prior to Friday Night's Sweet 16 Game

When it comes to college basketball, there may not be any more rabid fans than those of the Kentucky Wildcats. And when it's NCAA Tournament time, fans of the eight-time champions can take it to another level.

One house near the university in Lexington brought a whole new madness to March when they displayed a sign that stirred controversy prior to Friday night's matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16.

The sign, hung from a blue two-story house, took a swipe at Houston by referring to Hurricane Harvey, the 2017 storm that wreaked havoc on the Texas metropolis.

"We're gonna finish what Harvey started," read the banner. "#CatsBy90."

Though the photo has since been deleted from Twitter, the internet does not forget.

The Houston Chronicle reported that after the photo was posted on Twitter, the sign was taken down and the Twitter user deleted that account. The report stated that the person who posted the photo (@kimpoole) claimed she didn't live at the house, but merely took the photo and posted it to social media.

Houston is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the Men's NCAA Tournament, and the Cougars face No. 2 seed Kentucky at 9:45 p.m. tonight in Kansas City. The winner moves on the the Elite 8 Sunday to face the winner of tonight's other region semifinal between top-seed North Carolina and No. 5 seed Auburn. Houston hasn't played in the Sweet 16 since 1984, when Akeem Olajuwon guided the Cougars to a national runner-up finish, falling to Patrick Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas.

Hurricane Harvey slammed the Texas Coastal Bend in late August 2017, destroying many small towns just north of Corpus Christi. The storm moved inland, and then eastward before stalling over the Greater Houston area, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in some areas, and raining so much it was declared a 500-year storm.

Harvey then moved east and flooded the southeast part of the state known as the Golden Triangle of Beaumont-Orange-Port Arthur, and then moved inland, where it remained a hurricane through north Louisiana before weakening as it moved toward the east coast.

There were 30 lives lost in the Houston metro area, and many businesses and buildings never fully recovered.Though the city got some financial help, it still seeks millions in state and federal funds promised in the aftermath of the storm.

The photo tweet Friday set off a social media storm of madness to round out March.

Pretty tacky!!!! @_kimpoole I have several family members and friends that lost everything! Tacky tacky. I hope our team does the best they can! You however should be ashamed of even posting something like this. #ForTheCity #HoustonCougars #Coogs

— Jennifer O'Donnell (@WWODonnell) March 29, 2019

@_kimpoole UH is going to finish what moonshine and meth started. UH by 8.

— Jim Rice (@rice_jim) March 29, 2019