NCAA The Best College Basketball Arenas  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Only stadiums used by NCAA college basketball teams

The best college basketball arenas are those university basketball venues most loved by fans and most feared by visiting opposing players. Featuring decades of history, seating for tens of thousands and roaring student sections, these are the best arenas NCAA Basketball has to offer.

It's no coincidence that many of the best NCAA Basketball arenas are home to many of the perennially successful college basketball teams. Duke University is usually always a contender in March Madness and has seen a great deal of success on their home court at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The same goes for the University of Kansas, who recently won the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in 2008. Their Allen Fieldhouse has been helping them with the home-court advantage since 1955 and continues to be one of the best in the country for college hoops.

But quality college basketball arenas are not exclusive to only the elite teams. Squads like the New Mexico Lobos, who play at University Arena AKA The Pit, the Arkansas Razorbacks, who call Bud Walton Arena home, and the Butler Bulldogs, who hit the court at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, all play in stellar arenas despite not necessarily leading the pack come March.

If you ask anyone on the street what their favorite college basketball arena is you'll probably get wherever their school or favorite team plays but despite fan favoritism, these NCAA Basketball arenas are the cream of the crop. Vote for the best college hoops arenas below then when you're done, head over and select the best NBA arenas and the best NFL stadiums too!
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Cameron Indoor Stadium is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
North Carolina, USA - Duke University

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349 361
Allen Fieldhouse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kansas, USA - University of Kansas

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284 374
Assembly Hall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Bloomington, Indiana, USA - Indiana University

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189 296
Hinkle Fieldhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - Butler University

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215 389
Rupp Arena is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kentucky, USA - University of Kentucky

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148 248
KFC Yum! Center is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Louisville, Kentucky, USA - University of Louisville

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136 244
Dean Smith Center is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - University of North Carolina

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101 154
Palestra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
USA - University of Pennsylvania

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89 134
Williams Arena is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Minnesota, USA - University of Minnesota

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136 244
Madison Square Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Manhattan, New York City, New York - St. John's University

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118 193
Hilton Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Iowa, USA - Iowa State University

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81 141
McKale Center is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
wiabux added Tucson, Arizona, USA - University of Arizona

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122 224
Breslin Student Events Center is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Michigan, USA - Michigan State University

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135 249
Carrier Dome is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Syracuse, New York, USA - Syracuse University

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149 267
The Pit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
New Mexico, USA - University of New Mexico

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90 168
Kohl Center is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Wisconsin, USA - University of Wisconsin

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89 141
Bud Walton Arena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas - University of Arkansas

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49 83
Charles Koch Arena is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
KcXfiles added Charles Koch Arena Wichita, Kansas. Home of Wichita State University

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60 103
Gallagher-Iba Arena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Oklahoma, USA - Oklahoma State University

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69 164
Pauley Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas

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23 38
John Paul Jones Arena is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
GDUBZ added Virginia, USA

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Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added Storrs, Mansfield, Connecticut

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31 60
WVU Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Jay Rateau added West Virginia, USA

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18 21
Carver–Hawkeye Arena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added Iowa City, Iowa, USA

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44 100
McCarthey Athletic Center is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Spokane, Washington, USA - Gonzaga University

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8 6
Mackey Arena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
IanLese added Mackey Arena Indiana, USA - West Lafayette, IN - Purdue Boilermakers

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45 89
Reynolds Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
North Carolina, USA - North Carolina State University

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55 116
Comcast Center is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park - University of Maryland

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44 90
Memorial Gymnasium is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Nashville, Tennessee, USA - Vanderbilt University

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46 103
Crisler Center is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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30 71
O'Connell Center is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
conceptenigma added Gainesville, Florida, USA

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16 39
Cintas Center is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
wardguy95 added Ohio, USA

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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kevin Shields added CenturyLink Center

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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kevin Shields added CenturyLink Center

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20 60
Matthew Knight Arena is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kevin Shields added CenturyLink Center

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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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CenturyLink Center is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
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