As the men's college basketball season swiftly approaches, Andy Katz takes a look at the must-see college basketball venues in the nation.
Here are the the top places to play and watch men's college basketball, ranked by Katz:
Rock Chalk Jayhawk. The atmosphere and noise in Lawrence is second to none. This is a must-see on every college basketball fan's list.
Cameron was rocking like no other venue last season for Coach K's last season. That should continue under Jon Scheyer with excitement still high.
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Mackey Arena is perfectly built for a tremendous atmosphere with the sound bouncing off the curved, bubble ceiling. This joint is absolutely a gem.
The Kennel is one of the best places to watch a game in the country. The student section has been awesome of late, making home games a happening in Spokane.
Rupp Arena is still Rupp. Kentucky's Big Blue Nation can produce a homecourt venue that is hard to top. The lack of intimacy pushes it down a few notches.
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McKale Center was the place to be on the West Coast during the Lute Olson years. It's back. The homecourt last season was something special again.
Assembly Hall — yes I'm still calling it that — is spread out high and wide but when it is packed and the Hoosiers are elite (like this season) it will be one of the best.
Bud Walton was the place to be during Nolan Richardson's run. Eric Musselman has the place jumping again.
9. North Carolina
The Smith Center has been consistently elite since it opened. It is and will be a top-10 venue.
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10. Texas Tech
The Red Raiders, under Chris Beard and now Mark Adams, have created quite an atmosphere at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Honorable mentions: Iowa State, Michigan State, Illinois, Providence, Creighton, San Diego State, BYU, Saint Mary's.