Creighton best basketball destination?
CHICAGO, Ill. - Creighton is one of 10 finalists for the "Best Road Trip
Destination in College Basketball presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car",
Intersport announced earlier this week. Voting for the 10 finalists is
underway, with the winner to be completely fan-determined through Facebook
voting at: Facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball.
Fans can vote once per day until January 25.The winning school will be
featured in GEICO Best of College Basketball on Saturday, April 6 on CBS.
The 10 finalists were chosen based on a wide range of categories including
in-game atmosphere, history of the program, pre- and post-game events,
scenery and attractions of the town and many more. Fans can visit the
Facebook page to view videos and photo albums showcasing why each school is
a perfect college basketball road trip destination.
The 10 finalists are:
Brigham Young University - Provo, Utah - BYU's campus is beautiful year
round, whether it is in the spring with green grass and blooming flowers or
in the winter with snow-topped trees and majestic mountains serving as a
backdrop. While there are plenty of activities happening all over campus,
the real action is at the Marriott Center when there's a basketball game.
For a Saturday night game, students can be found camping out as early as
Tuesday evening for the best seats in the student section, nicknamed the ROC
(Roar of Cougars). The students and the rest of the fans make for a loud and
exciting atmosphere that has helped the Cougars win better than 93 percent
of their home games under current head coach Dave Rose.
College of Charleston - Charleston, S.C. - The College of Charleston took on
the first top 10 opponent on the John Kresse Court of the TD Arena. Students
wrapped around the King Street shopping district as they waited in line to
attend the game, the day before final exams started. In less than two weeks'
time, the Cougars faced two ranked squads who reached the NCAA Elite Eight
or better behind a 63-59 victory at then No. 25/21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24
-- the program's first win over a top 25 opponent since 2010 and second-ever
on the road since 1993. Both programs were recently involved in conference
realignment news as College of Charleston announced last week it will move
to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 and Louisville to the ACC in
Creighton University - Omaha, Neb. - Creighton University is the Midwest's
top rated private university. With a 140-24 record at home since the
opening of the CenturyLink Center Omaha in 2003 the Jays finished the
2011-12 season 6th in the nation in attendance averaging over 16,600 fans a
game. Creighton is college basketball at its best- fantastic fans,
wonderful venue, and a top-ranked team. McDermott fever has captured
Bluejay Nation and Omaha- the heart of the Midwest.
Harding University - Searcy, Ark. - Harding's Rhodes Field House is one of
the most unique arenas in college sports. A converted World War II airplane
hanger purchased by Harding in the 1940s, the Rhodes Field House was
renovated in 1997. It is now one of the premier arenas in Division II and
hosts the now-famous Rhodes Rowdies, which has grown from a small section of
students to include everyone in attendance. Harding has a 157-51 record in
men's action in 15 seasons since moving back into the Rhodes. It has been
recognized as a must-see by several Arkansas travel books, and is lauded by
opponents as their favorite road arena to visit.
Indiana University - Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana basketball is steeped in
tradition and commonly referred to as one of the best college basketball
programs of all-time. Having won five NCAA National Championships and 20 Big
Ten Championships, it is easy to see why over 17,000 fans pack Assembly Hall
for every home game. The fans are among the most passionate in the game and
provide the Hoosiers with a distinct home court advantage each and every
time they take the court.
University of Arizona - Tucson, Ariz. - Part of the attraction for fans is
the winning tradition that was quickly established in McKale Center. Since
its opening in 1973, more than 7.7 million fans have attended UA basketball
games in McKale Center. In fact, season tickets have been sold out for 25
consecutive seasons, which helps provide one of the finest game-day
environments in all of college basketball. And when the game is over fans
are treated to cool Tucson nights, cultural events at the UA Centennial Hall
or history Fox Theater, youthful hotspots on 4th Street and unparalleled
University of Memphis - Memphis, Tenn. - The Memphis Tigers basketball team
has a storied history of rivalries, success and NBA greats including
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Derek Rose and Elliot Perry, just to name a few.
If watching the Tigers tear the roof off of FedExForum isn't enough, try
some Memphis BBQ (best in the world), go out on world famous Beale Street,
check out some live blues music, explore Graceland and everything Elvis you
could possibly need, take a Mississippi Riverboat ride, go to the Memphis
Zoo and stay in the famous Peabody Hotel, plus much more.
West Virginia University - Morgantown, W.Va. - Morgantown, West Virginia is
home to people as rock solid as the mountains for which the state is known.
A visit to Morgantown to see a West Virginia basketball game at the WVU
Coliseum is truly a special experience. Mountaineer fans make the Coliseum
gameday atmosphere unmatched across the country from tipoff until the
singing of John Denver's 'Country Roads' after a home win.
Wichita State University - Wichita, Kan. - Founded in 1863, the streets of
Wichita, Kansas, Air Capitol of the World, are laden with history. Whether
it is one of the unique bars or restaurants in the Old Town District, the
world-class IMAX movie theater, or the stunning Botanica Gardens, Wichita
offers a variety of entertainment for everyone. But, there's one place
where all types of people can come together: Charles Koch Arena, home of the
Shockers; where there's not a bad seat in the house and the atmosphere is
electrifying. Being an urban college, the tradition of Wichita State
University is not just limited to campus, but spreads throughout the entire
Xavier University - Cincinnati, Ohio - The state-of-the-art Cintas Center is
a 10,250 seat, on-campus arena that opened in 2000. The Musketeers have
averaged 10,034 fans and have sold-out 109 games in 13 years with a record
of 166-23 at Cintas Center. With local favorites such as Skyline Chili,
Cintas is the perfect place to watch a top college basketball game. In
recent years Xavier has been voted one of the top three toughest places to
play in an EA Sports online poll. Xavier University's campus has had some
impressive renovations and new construction in the past few years and
continues to grow and expand. From the Cincinnati Zoo to the impressive
night life hot spots, which includes Mt. Adams, The Banks and Fountain
Square, Xavier University and the City of Cincinnati is a great place to
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