There are 343 colleges playing Division I basketball. They’re spread all over the map — 24 in California, 13 in Louisiana, at least one in every state save Alaska. And yet, three of the very best hail from the same narrow strip of North Carolina tobacco country.
Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, which are all currently ranked in the nation’s top seven, are located in Durham, Chapel Hill and Winston-Salem, respectively. Their campuses are so close together that a determined person could visit them all in a single day — by bicycle.