Inside Sully's Saloon, a St. Patrick's Day party had been going since early Monday morning. While Sully's party-goers spent hours practicing to win the bar's beer pong tournament, many had already decided with confidence which team would win the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Meanwhile, over at Mall St. Matthews, other college basketball fans put their predictions on paper brackets.
"Kansas takes the championship," said University of Kentucky fan Taylor Barton.
While many fans knew their top picks, few had made plans to root their favorites on from the stands.
"We're not getting a lot right now with the first round," said Joey Lecomte, a sales representative with Miller Transportation, one of the preferred carriers of the NCAA. Lecomte said while tournament excitement has been revving up, reservations have not; at least, not yet.
"I imagine if both teams make it to the regionals and semi-finals in Indianapolis," began Lecomte, "we'll get a lot of calls for that."
In the meantime, local bars will continue to look forward to drawing hometown crowds, hoping to draw the luck of the Irish win or lose.
"With the Cards having so much success and especially Kentucky as well, we've seen a lot of them travel, especially last year and the year before," said Campbell. "I would love to see them stay local."