With 347 teams in Division I, there’s no shortage of places to find college basketball. Some towns, however, provide a much more impressive experience than others when it comes to on-court action and off-court craziness.
Unsurprisingly, Kentucky—long a hoops mecca and home to the last two national champs—has a couple of serious contenders for top honors. Both Lexington and Louisville have grand traditions on the hardwood, but will either one claim the top spot?
Read on to see which cities top the charts as the best in college hoops. Each locale is rated for the quality of its team (or teams), the devotion of its fanbase (especially when it comes to giving the home team an edge) and the ease with which college basketball outshines the other local sports options.