They are the places that make college basketball, the big arenas and small gyms that provide a backdrop, a personality, a heartbeat. This week, ESPN highlights venues across college basketball for "My Home Court."
Our writers have traveled the country and walked away with their own memories. What was their favorite? They'll tell you. You want to tell us yours? Let us know about it on Twitter by using the #MyHomeCourt hashtag.
Plus, it's wrong. Attendance has been down at Rupp for four consecutive years.
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From Andy Katz:
I can't prove I've lost any hearing at Phog Allen, but I've had that hollow feeling in my ears.
And the constant, mesmerizing and hypnotizing refrain of "Rock Chalk, Jayhawk" in my head.
Games at Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse are an event, which make it the most anticipated and must-see destination in the sport.
The building hasn't changed much since it was built. The cathedral-like noise cascades down from the top, whether it's a day game or a night game.
The fans are as committed as any, flocking to Phog Allen like disciples on a religious pilgrimage. The arena is appropriately along Naismith Drive, for it should be deemed the birthplace of a true basketball arena.
Sure, Kentucky's Rupp Arena has its lure, the masses always showing up, regardless of the opponent. Cameron Indoor Stadium has its own charm and traditions while also pushing the noise meter.
But there is only one Phog.
The arena is nestled in the heart of campus. The students will line up, despite the frigid temperatures. They will, almost all of them, be in blue. They will chant, sing and cheer until they are hoarse.
Oh, and the team on the court never disappoints. Sure, San Diego State clipped Kansas to snap the Jayhawks' 68-game home-court nonconference winning streak, but Kansas plays plenty of brand names. Opposing coaches want to play at Kansas. Phog Allen is viewed with such regard that coaches want to experience coaching there and have their players share in the experience. In an era when home-and-home series are fading among the elites, Kansas can still nab at least two or three in a given year.
If you make the journey to Lawrence, you will leave with an experience, a little less of your hearing and a full understanding of what college basketball can be, should be and has been.
You don't have to "Beware of the Phog" unless you are an opponent. If you're a fan, or a media member, you embrace the Phog, for it is hallowed ground where you can experience the true love of the game in its purest form.
Inside information: Take in the whole experience. See the fans wrapped around Phog Allen as they wait to enter. Once inside, walk through the concourse and visit the historical plaques and photos of the tradition-rich players, coaches and events that have come through. And when you're in the arena, make sure to walk around the top to take in the vantage points from various spots. Oh, and don't wimp out with earplugs once the game starts. Take in all the sounds, even if they'll stay with you for days after you leave.