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Having grown up in Raleigh, it wasn’t hard for me to know which two NC cities made this list WalletHub put together of the Best Cities for College Hoops Fans. In and around Raleigh, you learn that people are either NC State fans, UNC fans, or Duke fans. There’s pretty much no in-between. People are usually one of the three…unless you’re me, who didn’t really care who won anything until I went to App State. But we at App were kind of our own thing…and we are really only great at football, not basketball…

Anyways, my point is it’s no secret that college basketball is absolutely huge in North Carolina. So, it only makes sense that two of our cities are on this list. BTW, Raleigh isn’t one of them. Charlotte didn’t make the Best Cities list, but we did get #1 for Lowest Minimum Season Ticket Price for College Basketball.

WalletHub put together this list using several key factors including the number of teams per city, the winning percentage of those teams, and the team’s social media interaction.

We start with #10 for the Best Cities for College Hoops Fans…

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  • #10: Kingston, RI

    Rhode Island

    PROVIDENCE, RI – DECEMBER 04: The mascot and cheerleaders from the Rhode Island Rams perform against the Providence Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on December 4, 2010 in Providence, Rhode Island. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

  • #9: Fayette, MS

    Mississippi

    NASHVILLE, TN – MARCH 14: Players for the Mississippi State Bulldogs look on from the bench against the Kentucky Wildcats during the final of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Bridgestone Arena on March 14, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • #8: Chapel Hill, NC

    CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 6: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels watches his seniors after their game against the Duke Blue Devils on March 6, 2005 at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils 75-73. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • #7: Philadelphia, PA

    Villanova

    HOUSTON, TEXAS – APRIL 04: Daniel Ochefu #23 of the Villanova Wildcats and Ryan Arcidiacono #15 hoist the trophy after the Villanova Wildcats defeat the North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the 2016 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

  • #6: East Lansing, MI

    Michigan State

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 17: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans addresses the crowd after beating the Michigan Wolverines 65-60 in the championship game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at the United Center on March 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

  • #5: Los Angeles, CA

    Henry Bibby, Head Coach for the University of Southern California USC Trojans makes a signal to his players during the NCAA Pac-10 Conference college basketball game against the Arizona State Sun Devils on 15th February 2001 at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles, California, United States, United States. The USC Trojans won the game 80 – 68.

  • #4: Lawrence, KS

    University of Kansas

    KANSAS CITY, MO – MARCH 12: Members of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate with the Big 12 Basketball Tournament trophy as they celebrates the win over West Virginia Mountaineers 81-71 at Sprint Center on March 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

  • #3: Lexington, KY

    University of Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – FEBRUARY 02: Oscar Tshiebwe #34 and Keion Brooks Jr #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Rupp Arena on February 02, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • #2: Storrs, CT

    UConn

    HOUSTON, TX – APRIL 04: Kemba Walker #15 of the Connecticut Huskies holds the trophy as he and his team celebrate after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • #1: Durham, NC

    DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils huddles with his team during the first half of a game against the Boston College Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on December 31, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)