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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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
- 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