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Best cities to watch college basketball

Detroit may be great for college basketball fans.

Detroit may be great for college basketball fans.

With March Madness on the horizon, many basketball lovers may be looking for a place to spend their days watching the games. Moving to a college town, or an area that is full of alumni may be a great idea for a college basketball fan. While plenty of places around the country are good for this, there are some that are hubs for basketball fans. If one of these places seem like a good spot to bring your moving containers, consider contacting your moving company to schedule a transition.

New York City
When looking for college basketball fans, it may be a good idea to go to one of the biggest cities in the country. New York City not only has plenty of people, and among them are plenty of college basketball fans. The city is full of Division I colleges, with St. John's University being the biggest basketball school. Other schools such as Wagner, Columbia, Iona, Manhattan and Fordham are in or around the city. While Syracuse University may be a few hours away, the school has many alumni in the Big Apple, so if you are a fan of the Orange, you will feel right at home. Perennial powerhouse Connecticut is only a couple of hours away, and many of its fans are in the city, as well.

Washington, D.C.
Another basketball staple on the East Coast is Washington, D.C. The district is filled with Division I colleges, and many in the area are quite competitive on the national scene. At the forefront is Georgetown University, which won the NCAA tournament in 1984. In the city, there is also George Washington, Howard and American University, which all play Division I Basketball. It is not far from the University of Maryland, as well as multiple schools in Virginia, so come tournament time, there's always a happy group of people cheering on their team.

The Great Lakes Region has plenty of great basketball, and much of this comes together in Detroit. The city is home to the University of Detroit-Mercy, who play in the Horizon League, but many other schools with great basketball programs exist within close proximity. Both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are a short drive from the city, while Oakland and Eastern Michigan both have teams that play Division I.

Kentucky is another notable basketball state, and its fans are quite passionate. When trying to find a place to watch basketball, it may be a good idea to consider Louisville. The city is the home of the University of Louisville, and also is a short drive from the University of Kentucky, which is in Lexington, as well as Bowling Green University and Western Kentucky. Murray State is a bit farther than the other schools, but the whole state is basketball crazy. Additionally, Louisville's location allows for easy drives into Indiana, which may make it easier for those to check out the University of Indiana, while Cincinnati is also not far away.

Raleigh, North Carolina
The Southeast also has some historic basketball programs, and the sport is taken as seriously there as anywhere else in the country. Raleigh may be a good starting point for those who want to take in college basketball Carolina-style. The city is the home of North Carolina State University, while two of the Wolfpack's conference rivals are not a far drive away. Duke University is located in Durham, while the University of North Carolina is in Chapel Hill. Wake Forest University, located in Winston-Salem, is also less than two hours away.