Best Road Trip Destination in College Basketball Finalist — College of Charleston Cougars
College of Charleston is nominated for “Best Road Trip Destination in College Basketball presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car”, Intersport announced today. Voting for the 10 finalists opened today with the winner to be completely fan-determined through Facebook voting at: http://www.facebook.com/BestofCollegeBasketball
Fans can vote once per day until January 25. The winning school will be featured in GEICO Best of College Basketball on Saturday, April 6 on CBS.
The 10 finalists were chosen based on a wide range of categories including in-game atmosphere, history of the program, pre- and post-game events, scenery and attractions of the town and many more. Fans can visit the Facebook page to view videos and photo albums showcasing why each school is a perfect college basketball road trip destination.
The College of Charleston (S.C.) boasts one of the best college game-day atmospheres among NCAA Division I mid-major basketball programs having compiled a 394-58 (.872) home-court winning percentage to date. Known as “Giant Killers,” the Cougars opened their new basketball venue, TD Arena, in 2008 and the court is named after legendary head coach John Kresse who compiled 560 career victories and led the program to its four NCAA Tournament and three NIT appearances. Located in the heart of historic, downtown Charleston, the College is located near the King Street shopping district which is home to some of the top restaurants and shopping in the Southeast region. Charleston was also ranked the No. 1 U.S. Destination and No. 1 City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine in 2012 and the CofC campus is within 12 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and some of the most picturesque beaches in the U.S. including Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and Kiawah Island.
This video contains highlights from our recent game against Louisville:
The College of Charleston took on the first top 10 opponent on the John Kresse Court of the TD Arena. Students wrapped around the King Street shopping district as they waited in line to attend the game, the day before final exams started.
In less than two weeks’ time, the Cougars faced two ranked squads who reached the NCAA Elite Eight or better behind a 63-59 victory at then No. 25/21-ranked Baylor on Nov. 24 — the program’s first win over a top 25 opponent since 2010 and second-ever on the road since 1993.
Both programs were recently involved in conference realignment news as College of Charleston announced last week it will move to the Colonial Athletic Association in 2013 and Louisville to the ACC in 2014.