Before anyone asks.
Western Carolina University is located in Cullowhee, an obscure North Carolina hamlet buried deep within the Nantahala National Forest. It’s a four-hour drive from Charlotte on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with the last leg on one of those narrow winding two-lane roads with small bridges and steep drop-offs.
Still, they manage to lure 9,000 students. Probably because the school’s catalog boasts of expert faculty, top-rated programs in project management and entrepreneurship and a family learning environment.
Not much else to do in Cullowhee. Few distractions besides basketball for students or townies.
A 91-83 win over the University of Louisville basketball team will be big.
Meanwhile in Louisville, some natives are getting fidgety. Not unusual at this point in the season. The Western Carolina angle is what’s different. Many didn’t know WCU existed before the game.