Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lawrence No. 2 on list of “great college basketball towns to visit”

An international news organization confirmed what Jayhawk fans have known for years.


Lawrence ranks among five “great college basketball towns to visit,” according to

The home to Kansas University is No. 2 on the list, behind two towns that share the top spot: Durham, N.C., which is home to Duke University; and Chapel Hill, N.C., home of the University North Carolina.

Nos. 3-5, respectively: Bloomington, Ind., home of Indiana University; Milwaukee, Wis.. home of Marquette University; and Spokane, Wash., home of Gonzaga University.

The list and descriptions of each community appear on

“CNN, with the help of experts at the NCAA, chose a handful of basketball towns filled with great fans, rich traditions and history that make these places worth a visit,” the site says.

Lawrence’s attributes, according to the site, include the “old-school” existence of Allen Fieldhouse, the adjacent Booth Family Hall of Athletics, and the collection of restaurants and bars along “colorful” Massachusetts Street.


DJ2013 10 years, 9 months ago

Lawrence is the greatest town in the nation. much love

Chicago_JHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

This list is ridiculous. I'll agree with the top 3, but Milwaukee? Spokane? Really? I've been to a Marquette game - it was alright, but I'd guess most schools with a decent team would be just as good.

Cody Stumma 10 years, 9 months ago

Funny though... did they read the message boards and saw that I had posted that or what? Lol.

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

obviously the market has affected CNN's judgement.

Clearly, Lawrence IS the no. 1 "great college town to visit",

and everything after that is inconsequential.

100 10 years, 9 months ago

Wow, talk about a reporter not doing his job.

Naismith's grave?

The house Wilt Built?

Free State?

The Bottleneck?

Phog Allen, the father of Rupp & Smith?

100,000 at a parade -- in a town that has 85,000???

5 national Championship trophies?

Is this guy serious?

karkinrich 10 years, 9 months ago

They needed to combine TWO towns just to top Lawrence!!!!!

Lance Hobson 10 years, 9 months ago

I've been to Chapel Hill and Durham, there is no way that experience compares to Lawrence. First of, the corporate Dean Dome is impossible to find, and a mile from the campus you're back in the NC slums. Duke isn't much better.

I went to a bball game at Indiana back in '95, it felt like an NBA game. Bobby wouldn't let the student section do what other schools do, but maybe that has changed. It was a thoroughly disappointing experience after being used to life at KU.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 9 months ago

Allen Fieldhouse ALONE makes Lawrence the #1 college bball town to visit. The gorgeous KU campus ALONE makes Lawrence the #1 college bball town to visit. The Kansas Bball Tradition ALONE makes Lawrence the #1 college bball town to visit. The picturesque small townscape of Massuchusetts Blvd. ALONE make Lawrence etc. The generations of Loyal Jayhawks worldwide ALONE make Lawrence the #1 etc.......

Combine these and you have the #1 Bball town in the Universe!!!!!!!!!

Michael Pannacciulli 10 years, 9 months ago

KU is one of the few schools that has a town that revolves around bball...much like Columbus, Happy valley, and South Bend are all about football. I line in my opionion it's the second greatest town in the world after Lawrence! Rock chalk baby!

Rock_Chalk_NYC 10 years, 9 months ago

Typical CNN drivel... I'm surprised they had time to publish this versus more outstanding commentary on the Celebrity in Chief's bracket.

I did like the fact that they had to COMBINE UNC and Duke to make #1...

We are the true #1.

Rock Chalk!

killabees 10 years, 9 months ago

Where's Philly? No love for the Palestra and the Big Five?

KUbsee69 10 years, 9 months ago

CNN Math ... six places in the top FIVE. Writer must have gone to MU.

Milhawkee 10 years, 9 months ago

Milwaukee does have more college students per square mile than any other city in America but I'm surprised to be on this list. Go UWM!

Chad Hallack 10 years, 9 months ago

How silly... Kansas Basketball made UNC basketball and compared to KU and UNC, the ink on the history of Duke's prominence is still wet!

KU's got Naismith, The Phog, Wilt, Smith, Rupp, etc. UNC's got Jordan and some people they got from Kansas Duke's got Coach K and a crackerjack box full of crossdressing robots

Can you hear me now!?

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 9 months ago

What, Lexington is not in the top five? But they have the highest paid coach in the country now!

milwaukeeJAYHAWK 10 years, 9 months ago

I have to strongly disagree with Milwaukee's inclusion on this list. The Bradley center, where Marquette & the Milwaukee Bucks play their games, has absolutely zero tradition & history, campus is surrounded by ghetto (trust me, i live there), and Marquette doesn't have the iconic tradition of KU. As for UWM, I'm currently a grad student there, and it is basically a commuter school with much less school spirit than KU. THe Dean Dome, Rupp, Bradley in Milwaukee and Verizon Center in DC (Where Georgetown plays) are all examples of off-campus venues that lose the college vibe. There's something about having dorms, student rec center, classrooms, a union all within a stone's throw of AFH that make it a college-feeling arena. Marquette's arena is downtown a mile away surrounded by lifeless parking garages.

Lawrence is top dog here, I'm afraid. Sorry Milhaukee, having more students per square mile doesn't give our shared town equal billing with Lawrence, haha.

FlaHawk 10 years, 9 months ago

THe only real challenger to KU/AFHis Duke with Cameron Indoor Statdiu,m/ Marquette/Bradley Center is off campus and in the shadows of DT MIlwaukee. Milwaukee (10 years ago) had an old DT area and I did not safe during the day much less at night.Bradley Center is is a very sterilized area as it is shared with Bucks and other City functions. I have never been to Deamdome (have driven by it), but have been to it's predecessor and it was more intiment and not so cold. It is just too big (Deamdome).. Same prroblem with Rupp Arena in Lexington. ade StadiumII have been to ndiana's Assembly h Hall (20 years ago) and it has a great atmorsphere but wuthout Bobby Knight I suspect the Red/White atmosphere is much different. Never been to Gonzaga but have seen it on TV many times. Looks like a large metal farm shed from the inside. No way this place has atmosphere and Spokane, WA is in the middle of no whhere!

Give me Lawrence any day, although Durham, NC is a close second followed by Bloomington, IN. THe others don;t even make the list, although CHapel Hill, NC is by far the prettiest all-around campus in my book!

CRIMSONnBLUE 10 years, 9 months ago

Syracuse is pretty crazy. Not saying they are in the top 5 at all but I'm just throwing it out there. It's huge!

Greg Lux 10 years, 9 months ago

I have lived and worked in Durham and Chapel Hill NC. and although Chapel Hill is pretty it still doesn't hold a candle to Lawrence. This is typical East Media hype. Lawrence is by far #1 no doubt about it. Durham is not even close.

Rock Chalk

Sean Rodger 10 years, 9 months ago

The only reason why UNC/Duke combined for the no. 1 spot is that to the east of them there in an ocean somewhere.

Case in point - be blow up Mizzourah - fill it with water - and then we'll be the no. 1 college bball town.

Or does this just sound like a good way of getting rid of Mizzourah? Either way...

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 9 months ago

I think the number two position is probably correct. No way would I ever had switched campuses with either North Carolina or Duke but Durham is home to the 'nationally known' best rivalry in basketball. Two top teams separated by 8 miles. There is no doubt that Kansas and Missouri despise each other every bit as much as Duke and North Carolina but as far as rivalries go, it's been fairly one-sided and more often than not, Missouri isn't a nationally ranked team. What surprises me, is not seen Lexington Kentucky in the top five.

jaybate 10 years, 9 months ago


What has it got to do with hoops other than Coach K? Did they even play hoops before he got there? :-)

Jack Wilson 10 years, 9 months ago

Can't believe they left off Columbia, Missouri. Oh, this isn't women's softball. Sorry.

Jacobpaul81 10 years, 9 months ago

1 Lawrence

2 Bloomington

3 - After #2, who cares?

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