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A dwindling number of basketball cathedrals take us back to when it all began

Updated: November 7, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
By LaRue Cook | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Nov. 14 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

THE BRAND OF BASKETBALL played today by 344 Division I schools barely resembles Dr. Naismith's invention, the one that began 119 years ago with a peach basket nailed to a YMCA wall. And every time a college builds a bigger, if not better, basketball arena, some measure of history is lost. When Oregon retired McArthur Court in the middle of last season, it left college basketball with only 13 gyms built before 1940.

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