Archive for 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.

April 1, 2009


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.


RonBurgandy 9 years, 2 months ago

Again with the UNC-Duke crap? Please. Chapel Hill & Durham have nothing on Lawrence.

ohjayhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

At least Lexington isn't on there. Of course, their fans will just cry "conspiracy" or "bias". LOL

The_Voice_of_Reason 9 years, 2 months ago

They forgot to mention that the inventor of basketball itself is buried here...

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 2 months ago

You mean Missouri didn't make it? Paige Arena definitely brings a tear to my eye. With its AAU-type crowds, open-view arena, (no banners), and thrilling atmosphere, (November warmup game), you don't have to SHOW ME! It's awesome, Baby!

Sarc aside, I do like the Golden Girls.

jonas_opines 9 years, 2 months ago

babboy: You fell victim to the attempt by the mods to counteract the furious all-caps typer.

just_another_ninja 9 years, 2 months ago

Duke University and its surrounding area is so much more visually stimulating than Lawrence, KS. Sorry, but that's just how it is. 2nd place is - in this case - quite awesome.

wysiwyg69 9 years, 2 months ago

T.O.B. and lawrence is a dump without KU

jaywalker 9 years, 2 months ago

UNC and Duke are spectacular campuses. Lawrence is great, love the Old Oread and the campus. Always number one to me.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

The real estate industry is back doing popularity contests again. Anything to sell real estate. One day I decided to research how "most popular towns" are chosen. Real Estate brokers etc submit information.

I do not believe bars and cafes are necessarily the attraction.

The entire downtown shopping district is the attraction, the old architecture plus the trees and planters.

local_support 9 years, 2 months ago

I can't believe they don't mention James Naismith anywhere in the blurb about Lawrence.

At least the Fieldhouse got a picture.

araker 9 years, 2 months ago

ninja wrote: "Duke University and its surrounding area is so much more visually stimulating than Lawrence, KS. Sorry, but that's just how it is. 2nd place is - in this case - quite awesome."

If that's the criteria, then Bloomington should be further up the list, too. Plus, IU has more titles than any of the other schools listed.

But, yes, I'll settle for Bloomington being ranked lower than it should be to not have Lexington on there.

justaverage 9 years, 2 months ago

I don't need a list from to tell me what city in the country is the best basketball city. Allen Field House sits on Naismith Drive, home of the Kansas Jayhawks, winners of 52 conference titles. No other school can touch that. Allen learned from Naismith who then coached Adolph Rupp (Kentucky) and Dean Smith (North Carolina). Allen and Naismith lobbied successfully to have basketball included in the Olympic Games in 1936 and the 1935-36 KU squad competed for the privelege to comprise the first ever U.S. team to play basketball in the Olympics in a best of three series. KU lost two games due to injuries to key players. KU is also home to the game's greatest player of all time, Wilt Chamberlain. The other schools mentioned by can't claim these achievements.

notajayhawk 9 years, 2 months ago

Not to be overly technical, but if there're two towns/schools ahead of KU, that would make them third, not second.

Danimal 9 years, 2 months ago

This list is pure BS. Both the inventor of the game and the inventor of coaching the game are buried here. Pretty much every other major program in college basketball traces its heritage to KU. I would assert that if they're going to let two schools that are within a half an hour of each other share the top spot they have to put KU up there too. Just the fact that #1 is a tie shows this list is a bunch of east coast malarkey.

3crookedhearts 9 years, 2 months ago

I've been to both cities, and Bob is right. Durham is one of the least appealing cities I've ever visited. The Duke campus is pretty, in fact my brother got married there, but the area surrounding Duke is really, really crummy. Very few people who went, work, or go to school at Duke (that live off campus reside in Durham). UNC campus is also nice, but Chapel Hill is kind of lame too. Not as dirty as Durham, but no Lawrence.

What CNN fails to recognize is that they're not one city. If I were a resident of either city, I'd be irate.

The prettiest college town in America is in Boulder, Colorado. It's just too bad their basketball team is awful (though they nearly beat us at home this year).

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