She describes herself as a “die-hard Kentucky fan” and says not much can intimidate her. However, Megan Dills admits she did feel a bit overwhelmed at Indiana’s Assembly Hall on Saturday when the Hoosiers beat UK 73-72 and she was knocked down when the crowd rushed the floor after the game.
“I was not intimidated at all until the end,” said Dills, 28. “I have a friend who is an Indiana alum and that’s how I got the ticket. I was not going to miss out on the ticket even though it was just going to be me sitting with all those IU fans.”
Dills, a 2007 Kentucky graduate with an animal science/pre-vet major, had UK painted on her face and wore a UK shirt. She also says she can be a bit “mouthy” at games in support of the Wildcats.
“You couldn’t hear yourself think, much less scream for UK,” she said. “There was a girl two rows behind me that said, ‘Sit your blonde --- down.’ I turned around and probably said some not so nice things myself back. But it was a good time, or at least it was until the end.
“All those fans came out of their seats and rushed the floor like idiots. The next thing I knew, I was knocked down five or six steps. I think the guy who actually knocked me down is the one who did at least pick me up. After I got hurt, I was scared to death.”
She had a swollen ankle she could barely walk on and a doctor confirmed Monday that she not only had a sprained ankle, but also some torn tendons. The injury has forced her to cancel a Playboy photo shoot this Saturday in Indiana.
“I just can’t do the shoot with my ankle like it is,” Dills, who also has a psychology degree from Northern Kentucky University, said. “But that’s okay because I do a lot of them.”
Dills, a Grant County native, grew up watching Kentucky games. “It was just a tradition with our family,” she said. “That’s where I learned that we do pray for basketball here because God does wear blue, too.”
She became a Playboy model and her first issue was for the “Girls of the SEC” where she represented Kentucky.
“That was spectacular and exciting for me. I always wanted to be a Playboy model or playmate, and then I got to represent Kentucky,” she said. “I worked the UK/U of L football game in 2007 as my first Playboy signing. I got a lot of notoriety for it because only a few girls are chosen every four years to do that (Girls of the SEC). Then my next issue of Playboy was as a college girl for UK in 2008. When I represent my school, I take it to another level.”
She let Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com know that Monday via Twitter. She noted she had so much confidence in Kentucky in spite of Saturday’s loss that she would paint “I Love Duke” across her chest and go to a Rupp Arena game next year — “which would be like instant suicide” — if UK did not make the Final Four if he would use blue paint to write “I love UK” across his chest if Kentucky did make the Final Four.
“He wrote back and said he thought UK would be in the (national) championship game,” Dills said.
She’s currently friends with several UK basketball players, including Terrence Jones and Darius Miller, that she has met through friends and/or work.
“I really think a lot of Darius and I feel so bad for Terrence (because of the way he played at Indiana where he had just one rebound and four points). He is such a big teddy bear and is a sweet, compassionate person,” Dills said. “To see that look on him this weekend, I knew he was hurting inside. This kid cares. It’s not about the lights and glamor. He wants to win because he does care even if some fans don’t want to believe that right now.”
She insists there would never be a postgame scene in Rupp Arena like the one at Bloomington, Ind., last Saturday. She still remembers her father getting upset when she was younger and he would see UK players that did not have their jersey tucked in during games.
“We have higher expectations for our boys and school to live up to,” she said. “What happened up there would never happen at Kentucky. They were so distasteful and not very sportsmanlike. You would have thought they won the national championship. I just see us as different than other schools. Basketball really is like a religion and we respect the game. You would not have to leave a game in fear like you did Indiana. Besides, if Kentucky had played to half of its potential, IU would be singing another song today.”
Dills, who lives in Los Angeles but travels back to Grant County to see family, hopes to make some games in Rupp Arena this year. If not, she’ll be at the SEC Tournament in New Orleans.
“As a student, I used to go into the E-Rupp-tion Zone at Rupp and loved it. I never had a voice when I left,” she said. “But as long as I get to see Kentucky play, I am cool no matter where I sit. Kentucky women, if you want to talk trash about basketball, we can list the lineup and throw a punch or two for all our boys because we love our basketball.”