March Madness: 18 Hollywood Stars and Their Favorite College Basketball Teams

2:19 PM 3/21/2017

by Lexy Perez and Kara Haar

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jennifer Lawrence, Drake, Bill Murray and Justin Timberlake are among the famous faces cheering on the college teams.

From left: Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lawrence and Drake
From left: Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lawrence and Drake

March Madness season has officially begun, with many Hollywood stars ready to cheer on their favorite basketball teams.

Here’s a guide to which teams the stars are cheering on.

  • Drake

    University of Kentucky

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    Drake is superfan of the Kentucky Wildcats. He has been seen in the stands, courtside and even in the locker room cheering on his favorite team.

  • Flavor Flav

    Penn State Nittany Lions

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    The hip-hop icon and former reality star has family ties with the Penn State team. His cousin, Shep Garner, serves as the team's point guard. 


  • Katie Holmes

    Notre Dame Fighting Irish


    Last year, Holmes and her daughter, Suri, were seen cheering on the Fighting Irish during the second round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.

  • Ashley Judd

    University of Kentucky

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    Ashley Judd is known for cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats and attending many games. She studied French at the University of Kentucky before becoming a model and actress.

  • Ashton Kutcher

    University of Iowa

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    Ashton Kutcher attend the University of Iowa in 1997 and was discovered by a talent agent in a local bar on campus. Now, he can be found supporting the Hawkeyes at basketall games and other sporting events.

  • Nick Lachey

    University of Cincinnati

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    Nick Lachey grew up in Ohio and continues to support all Cincinnati sports teams. He is frequently seen in the stands cheering on the Cincinnati Bearcats wearing black and red.

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Louisville Cardinals

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    The Academy Award-winning actress was born in Louisville, Ky., and is frequently spotted cheering on her hometown team. 

  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall

    Northwestern Wildcats

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    The Veep actress not only attended the university in her school days but met her husband there as well. The couple now can take even more pride in their alma matter, for their son, Charlie Hall, is the team's forward. The couple can be seen cheering on their son at many of the Wildcats games. 

    "It's been very exciting because we are devoted parents and we've been able to continue the helicopter parenting," the 56-year-old actress said of her hoops habit during a March 13 Veep panel at SXSW. "We go to the games, and if we can't, we watch on set."

  • Rob Lowe

    Duke Blue Devils

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    The West Wing actor's son is a current undergrad at Duke. 

  • Matthew McConaughey

    Texas Longhorns

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    Known for being a Texas alum and hardcore fan, the Oscar-winning actor is a frequent attendee at the Longhorns games. 

  • Seth Meyers

    Northwestern University

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    Seth Meyers grew up in Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University. He shows pride for the Wildcats by attending games and posting pictures of his son and dog in purple outfits on Instagram.

  • Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers

    Wisconsin Badgers

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    Remaining loyal to his own football team's home state, the Green Bays Quarterback and his girlfriend enjoy cheering on the Badgers. 

  • Bill Murray

    Xavier Musketeers

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    The Ghostbusters star's son, Luke, is the assistant coach for the Cincinnati team. 

  • Paul Rudd

    Kansas Jayhawks

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    Prior to his acting career, the Ant-Man star grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. 


  • Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde

    Kansas Jayhawks

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    The married couple are known to make an appearance at home games in Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse. 

  • Justin Timberlake

    Memphis Tigers

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    Born and raised in Memphis, Timberlake is a devoted fan to all Tennessee sports teams.