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 2014.
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 sunsets.
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 city.
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 visit.
Vote and find out more about the finalists at: Facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball.