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CollegeHoopsnet.comís Spirit Awards Nominations

April 7th, 2004 - announced the nominees for the inaugural 2004 CHN Spirit Awards.  56 different teams were nominated in the award's 16 categories, honoring the best of the complete college basketball experience.

College basketball is about more than just the game itself.  The total experience includes the arena, the crowd, the cheerleaders, the band and much more.  All of these come together to make college basketball the premier event in NCAA athletics.

Recently crowned men's national champion UCONN was nominated in 6 categories, including the Ultimate College Basketball School.  Duke led all schools with 8 nominees, while Arizona picked up 7.  NCAA runner up Georgia Tech garnered 3 nominees including Favorite Team Mascot, and Coolest Team of the Year.  Louisville and Saint Joseph's led all non-BCS schools with 4 nominees apiece.

The Big East paced all conferences with 7 different teams being nominated for a Spirit Award, while 13 different conferences received multiple nominations.

As a member of the web media, CHN has also added three categories for college basketball related websites: Best Conference Website, Best Athletic Department Website, and Best College Basketball Team Fansite

Fans can visit and vote in the Spirit Awards from now until Tuesday April 13th at 11 PM.  Winners will be announced Wednesday April 14th.

A complete list of nominees can be found at

There are 16 categories in this year's Spirit Awards
1) Best College Basketball Arena
2) Best College Basketball Fans
3) Favorite Team Nickname
4) Favorite Team Logo
5) Favorite Team Mascot
6) Favorite Team Uniforms
7) Favorite Cheerleading Squad
8) Favorite Dance Team
9) Favorite Pep Band
10) Best Athletic Department Website
11) Best Conference Website
12) Best College Basketball Team Fansite
13) Best Game in the 2003-04 Season
14) Favorite Coach in College Basketball
15) Fans Choice: Coolest Team of the Year
16) Ultimate College Basketball School 

Selected Category Nominations
Best College Basketball Arena
Butler, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, Rutgers, St John's (MSG)

Favorite Team Logo
Delaware, FSU, Gonzaga, Iowa, Providence, Richmond, Texas, Washington State

Best Athletic Department Website
Austin Peay, Connecticut, Kentucky, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, Vanderbilt

Favorite College Basketball Coach
Jon Chaney, Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, Phil Martelli, Lute Olsen, Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, and Jay Wright

Ultimate College Basketball School:
Arizona, Connecticut, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Stanford
Nominees by Conference
Big East (7 teams)
Pac-10 (6)
ACC (5)
Big Ten (5)
Big Twelve (5)
CUSA (5)
SEC (4)
A10 (3)
Big West (3)
MVC (2)
OVC (2)
Sun Belt (2)
WCC (2)
Atlantic Sun (1)
Colonial Athletic (1)
Horizon (1)
Ivy League (1)
MAC (1)
MEAC (1)
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Contact Info:
Shawn Siegel