Belhaven University is a small private Christian university located in Jackson, MS. The college was founded in 1883 through the merger of two schools, Mississippi Synodical College & McComb Female Institute. The school’s current location opened in 1894 in the mansion of former Confederate Colonel Jones S. Hamilton. The mansion was named Belhaven, and hence is how the university got its name. In 1927 a lightning strike destroyed the mansion, which housed the university’s only classrooms – the columns that stand today on the west side of the campus are the only remnants of the old college.
The Read Fieldhouse/University Arena is the home to the Western Michigan Broncos basketball program. The 5,500-seat arena is the perfect size of MAC basketball and close to other campus stadiums in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Basketball has a long history at the school, as it has fielded a team since 1926. The Eagles originally played at the Division II level of sports, moving up to Division I in 2014. Since joining Division I, the team has made three NCAA appearances and three NIT appearances as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Michigan may not be the first thought when it comes to NCAA basketball. However, the Wolverines have been a great team recently with appearances in the National Championship final to prove it. Crisler Center has seen some significant improvements and fans will not be disappointed in their experience at the House that Cazzie Built. Maybe not a basketball bucket list item, but the Michigan Wolverines will provide a pleasant surprise for those attending for the first time.
Right down the street from the University of Pennsylvania’s amazing Palestra is another Division I basketball arena that gets much less fanfare. The Daskalakis Athletic Center that the Drexel Dragons play in is literally in walking distance from basketball greatness, and although a nice arena, it seems far from the Palestra on the basketball royalty scale.
Stabler Arena is the home to Lehigh University basketball, located in Bethlehem and is celebrating 40-years of Mountain Hawks basketball.