Athlon Sports asked a dozen college basketball media members—including writers, broadcasters and former players—to rank their 10 favorite hoops venues, and, to the surprise of no Jayhawks anywhere, Allen Field House came out on top.
Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium was a close second, yet, while Allen and Cameron far outpaced the rest of the field and were the only two arenas named on all 12 ballots, KU’s hoops haven scored nine first-place votes compared with one each for Cameron Indoor, Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse and New York City’s Madison Square Garden (home court for St. John’s University).
Picking Allen Field House No. 1 were ESPN’s Jay Bilas (a four-year starter at Duke), Fran Fraschilla, Jeff Goodman and Dave LaMont; Bleacher Report’s Jason King, former KU beat writer for the Kansas City Star; Mike DeCourcy, of The Sporting News; Eric Prisbell, of USA Today; Rob Dauster, of College Basketball Talk; and Dick Weiss, BlueStar Media.
Pat Forde, of Yahoo Sports, was the only voter to rank Allen Field House lower than No. 2, placing it fourth behind Hinkle Fieldhouse, Cameron Indoor and Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.
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