college sports The Best College Basketball Arenas  

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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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Allen Fieldhouse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Allen Fieldhouse Kansas, USA - University of Kansas

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Assembly Hall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Assembly Hall Bloomington, Indiana, USA - Indiana University

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Cameron Indoor Stadium is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Cameron Indoor Stadium North Carolina, USA - Duke University

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

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

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Madison Square Garden is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Madison Square Garden Manhattan, New York City, New York - St. John's University

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

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The Pit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
The Pit New Mexico, USA - University of New Mexico

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Pauley Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas

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Carrier Dome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Carrier Dome Syracuse, New York, USA - Syracuse University

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Breslin Student Events Center is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Breslin Student Events Center Michigan, USA - Michigan State University

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Kohl Center is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Kohl Center Wisconsin, USA - University of Wisconsin

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McKale Center is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
wiabux added McKale Center Tucson, Arizona, USA - University of Arizona

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Palestra is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Palestra USA - University of Pennsylvania

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Hilton Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Hilton Coliseum Iowa, USA - Iowa State University

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KFC Yum! Center is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
KFC Yum! Center Louisville, Kentucky, USA - University of Louisville

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Williams Arena is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Williams Arena Minnesota, USA - University of Minnesota

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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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WVU Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Jay Rateau added WVU Coliseum West Virginia, USA

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McCarthey Athletic Center is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
McCarthey Athletic Center Spokane, Washington, USA - Gonzaga University

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Petersen Events Center is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Petersen Events Center Pennsylvania, USA - University of Pittsburgh

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Comcast Center is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Comcast Center University of Maryland^! College Park, College Park, Maryland - University of Maryland

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57 108
Bud Walton Arena is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Bud Walton Arena University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas - University of Arkansas

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O'Connell Center is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
conceptenigma added O'Connell Center Gainesville, Florida, USA

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Matthew Knight Arena is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
_1442432702366 added Matthew Knight Arena Eugene, Oregon, USA

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Gallagher-Iba Arena is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Gallagher-Iba Arena Oklahoma, USA - Oklahoma State University

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Crisler Center is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
CraigNykiel added Crisler Center

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Reynolds Coliseum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Reynolds Coliseum North Carolina, USA - North Carolina State University

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John Paul Jones Arena is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
GDUBZ added John Paul Jones Arena Virginia, USA

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Memorial Gymnasium is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Memorial Gymnasium Nashville, Tennessee, USA - Vanderbilt University

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Thomas and Mack is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Thomas and Mack

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Carver–Hawkeye Arena is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added Carver–Hawkeye Arena Iowa City, Iowa, USA

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Haas Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
surag added Haas Pavilion UC Berkeley

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Smith Spectrum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Smith Spectrum Utah, USA - Utah State University

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Harry A. Gampel Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added Harry A. Gampel Pavilion Storrs, Mansfield, Connecticut

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McLeod Center is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added McLeod Center Cedar Falls, Iowa, USA

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Colonial Life Arena is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Lowell Bernstein added Colonial Life Arena Columbia, South Carolina, USA

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Maples Pavilion is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Maples Pavilion Stanford, California, USA - Stanford University

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

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Don Haskins Center is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
TreavorPence added Don Haskins Center El Paso, Texas, USA - Home of the University of Texas El Paso Miners Men's and Women's Basketball Div 1-  48 banners hang from the rafters and it seats over 12,000. Built in the early 1970's as the Special Event Center, changed name  to ...

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Mizzou Arena is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
Tom Derr added Mizzou Arena Missouri, USA

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Knapp Center is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
AlexOverton added Knapp Center Des Moines, Iowa, USA - Drake Basketball Stadium

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Loyd Noble Arena is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
kaylive added Loyd Noble Arena

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Reese Court is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Basketball Arenas
AwesomeEmpire9 added Reese Court Cheney, WA - Eastern Washington Eagles