The Sweet 16 of College Basketball Venues

From basketball royalty like Kentucky's Rupp Arena to more obscure venues like UPenn's Palestra, check out our picks for the top venues in all of college basketball.

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University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY
In downtown Lexington, KY, the historic Kentucky Theater has been providing entertainment since 1922. The theater started off as a concert hall and playhouse, and is now a place for modern cinema, both wide-release and art-house films.
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Ohio State University

Ohio State University

Ohio State University - Columbus, OH
South Campus Gateway is a hub of entertainment in Columbus, OH. Considered the Main Street of Columbus, it is frequented by university students and neighborhood residents alike because of its many shops and restaurants.
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Syracuse University

Syracuse University

Syracuse University - Syracuse, NY
A triangle-shaped park, Hanover Square was the first commercial district in Syracuse, NY, and comprises 17 historic buildings. Now the setting for many cultural gatherings and live music, the square was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
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University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Considered the social hub for university students, Franklin Street was named after Ben Franklin and has been in use since the university's construction began in the 1790s. The street is celebrated for its festivals, nightlife and myriad of shops.
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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
In Tucson, AZ, the university's athletics teams were nicknamed the "wildcats" after the LA Times praised Arizona for showing "the fight of wildcats" in a 1914 football game against Occidental College. The image stuck as the school's official mascot.
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Marquette University

Marquette University

Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
The largest private university in Wisconsin (and one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country), Marquette is located 1 mile from Lake Michigan, and is responsible for Milwaukee's reputation as one of America's great college basketball towns.
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University of Texas

University of Texas

University of Texas - Austin, TX
With more students than any other college in Texas, the University of Texas at Austin has been recognized as "America's Best Sports College" by Sports Illustrated. The Texas Longhorns have long been revered as a powerful football team. In recent years, their men's basketball team has also made their name among the elite.
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Indiana University

Indiana University

Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
Located in the heart of Bloomington, IN, Kirkwood Avenue is lined with bars, shops and restaurants. It was named for astronomer Daniel Kirkwood in 1895, whose observatory can be seen from the avenue.
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Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN
Located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, Vanderbilt University started calling its sports teams the "Commodores" or the "'Dores" after the university's namesake Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made his fortune in shipping.
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Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Georgetown University - Washington, DC
In Washington, DC, M Street is part of a major shopping district in the Georgetown neighborhood. Georgetown University is the oldest Jesuit and Catholic university in the US. To this day, no one is quite sure why the university's team is called the "Hoyas."
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Duke University

Duke University

Duke University - Durham, NC
The American Tobacco skyline is home to Duke University, which changed its name to Duke in 1924 for tobacco industrialist James B. Duke. Durham, NC, embraces college basketball with fervor, selling out every men's home basketball game.
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Michigan State University

Michigan State University

Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
The pride of East Lansing, MI, Michigan State University is not only home to a championship-winning men's basketball team, but it is also considered one of the country's "public Ivies." Meanwhile, Grand River Avenue is the hub of shopping and entertainment at the university.
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University of Kansas

University of Kansas

University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
The home of the University of Kansas, downtown Lawrence, KS, is full of culture. It's home to an annual film festival, as well as a festival for buskers, or street performers. Lawrence is also filled with history; it was named one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "most distinctive destinations."
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William T. Young Library in Kentucky
William T. Young Library in Kentucky

William T. Young Library in Kentucky

Campus vs. Campus
The William T. Young Library on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.
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Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Strong Hall on Kansas Campus

Campus vs. Campus
The Jayhawk statue outside of Strong Hall on the campus of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS.
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Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Rupp Arena in Kentucky

Venue vs. Venue
Rupp Arena plays host to the Kentucky Wilcats men's basketball team.
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Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Phog Allen Fieldhouse

Venue vs. Venue
Phog Allen fieldhouse plays host to the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team.
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The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

Landmark vs. Landmark
The Kentucky Horse Park boasts over 1,220 acres of rolling greens and plenty of beautiful horses.
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Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Douglas County COurthouse in Lawrence

Landmark vs. Landmark
Douglas County Courthouse sits on the south end of downtown Lawrence.
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Downtown Lexington

Downtown Lexington

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lexington, KY.
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Downtown Lawrence

Downtown Lawrence

Skyline vs. Skyline
Downtown Lawrence, KS.
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The Woodford Reserve Distillery

The Woodford Reserve Distillery

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
According to the Kentucky Distillers Association, 95% of bourbon, America's only native spirit, is produced in Kentucky.
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Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Kansas is Known for Their Ribs

Iconic Food or Drink vs. Iconic Food or Drink
Kansas is known for their barbecue, especially their ribs.
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Lextran in Lexington

Lextran in Lexington

Transportation vs. Transportation
Lextran.
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KU on Wheels

KU on Wheels

Transportation vs. Transportation
KU on Wheels.
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