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.
If you drive from Jackson to Vicksburg on I-20 chances are you’ve seen it, a large, very non-descript structure that resembles a giant golf ball. As you take exit 35 it greets you just off the exit ramp and you’ll think you’re pulling up into the parking lot at Epcot. But this isn’t Disney World – this is the A.E. Wood Coliseum, home of Mississippi College Choctaws Basketball.
University of Denver (DU) Pioneers are more known for their ice hockey, lacrosse, and skiing teams; not so much their basketball team. That doesn’t mean a fan should forego attending a basketball game at the impressive Magness Arena which opened in 1999. The experience is a positive one.
The basketball program at Jacksonville State University has been a strong one, with a Division II National Championship (1985) to its name. During its Division II era the Gamecocks were regulars in the NCAA Tournament , making eight visits in that period. JSU moved up to the Division I level in 1995, first as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and since 2004 as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC). In 2017 the Gamecocks won the OVC Championship and went on to the NCAA Tournament.
There are many who say that The Palestra is “the birthplace of college basketball” and after over nine decades of basketball is where basketball in Philadelphia begins and ends.