College basketball analyst and former Duke star Jay Bilas recently ranked the nation’s five most storied venues, an easily-identifiable list centered around prestigious programs and the home courts those teams use to their advantage each and every year.
Unlike other sports where expansion and venue enhancements are paramount, many of college basketball’s storied arenas don’t have the modernized feel of their counterparts and have kept traditional looks while maintaining their respected, nostalgic features. And to no one’s surprise, the nation’s bluebloods define the picks from Bilas, who included several annual national championship contenders and recent winners.
“My top 5 venues in college basketball would be a really hard one because there’s so many great places,” Bilas, who placed two programs tied for No. 1, said this week on Twitter.
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Sifting through college basketball’s storied venues, here’s what Bilas said about his top five selections and nuggets of history on each: