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Quiz: College Basketball Arena Nickname — Or Something Else Entirely?

From the Dean Dome to The Shoe, there really are a lot of unusual nicknames for college basketball arenas. Can you tell which of these are real and which ones we made up JUST TO MESS WITH YOU?!?!

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  1. 1. Is The Pit....

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    A legendary Albuquerque barbecue joint?
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    The site of the 1983 NCAA Championship game?
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    Wrong!

    The Pit, formally known as University Arena, is home to New Mexico basketball. It's also where NC State defeated Houston for the 1983 NCAA title.

    Via youtube.com
  2. 2. Is The Hump...

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    A roadside strip club in Starkville, Miss.?
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    An SEC basketball arena?
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    Wrong!

    The Hump is Humphrey Coliseum, home to Mississippi State. It's named for former MSU president George Duke Humphrey.

    Via hailstate.com
  3. 3. Is The Hut...

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    A red-roofed pizza chain?
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    The home of Louisville basketball?
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    Pizza Hut began referring to itself as "The Hut" in some marketing efforts in 2009. Louisville plays at the KFC Yum! Center, which opened in 2010; Yum! Brands owns Pizza Hut.

    Via idsgn.org
  4. 4. Is The Tad Pad...

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    An Oxford, Miss., pad thai pad run by a dad named Tad?
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    One of the oldest home courts in the South?
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    Wrong!

    The Tad Smith Coliseum is home to Ole Miss. It opened in 1966. Yelp says there are five Thai restaurants nearby.

    Via olemissathletics.blogspot.com
  5. 5. Is The Sportatorium...

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    A now-defunct Dallas wrestling hall?
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    The home court for Southern Methodist basketball?
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    The Sportatorium — official name! — was demolished in 2003. SMU now plays at Moody Coliseum.

    Via scottymoore.net
  6. 6. Is The Barn...

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    Minnesota's finest indie concert venue?
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    A Big 10 basketball arena?
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    The Barn, also known as Williams Arena, is home to the Golden Gophers. It opened in 1928, and features a court that is slightly elevated above the first few rows of seating.

    Via gophersports.com
  7. 7. Is The Schott...

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    A nickname for former Cincinnati Reds president Marge Schott that never quite stuck because it's not that creative?
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    The home of Ohio State basketball?
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    Wrong!

    The Schott is short for the Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. According to Ohio State's website, the arena could hold 133,187,970 gallons of Coca Cola. It is unclear why anyone would fill an arena with that much Coca Cola, but the important thing is, it could.

    Jamie Sabau / Getty Images
  8. 8. Is The RAC...

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    A Piscataway, N.J., dive bar where Bon Jovi launched his career?
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    The 8,000-seat arena where Rutgers basketball plays?
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    At Rutgers University, the RAC is now formally known as the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Bon Jovi was formed in nearby Sayreville.

    Via scarletknights.com
  9. 9. Is the Dog Pound...

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    The name of a 2010 Canadian thriller-drama?
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    Gonzaga basketball's home court?
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    Wrong!

    Dog Pound is a Canadian film by Kim Chapiron. Gonzaga plays their home games at McCarthey Athletic Center, also known as The Kennel.

    Via imdb.com
  10. 10. Is The Phog...

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    A misspelled tribute museum to Mel Torme?
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    A famed Midwestern basketball arena?
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    The Phog is the home of Kansas basketball. It is officially known as Allen Fieldhouse, and was named for Dr. F.C. "Phog" Allen. It does not include a tribute museum for Mel "The Velvet Fog" Torme, but it really should.

    Via Facebook: Allen-Fieldhouse
  11. 11. Is The Matterhorn...

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    One of the most famous mountains in the Alps?
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    Where Cal State Northridge plays basketball?
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    Wrong!

    The Matterhorn is on the Swiss-Italian border, and is one of the highest peaks in Europe. Cal State Northridge plays at Matador Gymnasium, which is often called the Matadome.

    Jeff Pang / Via Flickr: jeffpang
  12. 12. Is The Octagon of Doom...

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    The site of WrestleMania VIII's legendary bout between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Ric Flair?
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    The arena that's home to the Kansas State Wildcats?
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    Wrong!

    The Octagon of Doom is otherwise known as Fred Bramlage Coliseum, and it has eight sides. WrestleMania VIII was held at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

    Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/MCT / Getty Images
  13. 13. Is The O-Dome...

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    A futuristic area of Universal Orlando that serves as that park's answer to Epcot Center?
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    The University of Florida's on-campus arena?
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    Wrong!

    Florida's O-Dome is also known as the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Epcot is a perfect theme park, and Universal would be foolish to try to replicate it.

    @rmsowers8 / Via hashgr.am
  14. 14. Is The Skydome...

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    Flagstaff's only clear-roofed orchestral hall?
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    The stadium where both Northern Arizona football and basketball play?
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    Wrong!

    The Skydome is also known as the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. There is a giant statue of Paul Bunyan outside the stadium.

    Via en.wikipedia.org
  15. 15. Is Assembly Hall...

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    The home court of Illinois basketball, and the best damn home court in the entire Big 10?
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    The home court of Indiana basketball, and the best damn home court in the entire Big 10?
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    A case in which an odd arena nickname is absolutely necessary?
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    There should not be two arenas with the same name in the same conference. Pick a new nickname and stick with it, Illinois and/or Indiana.

    John Dixon / AP
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