It’s not easy to win on the road anywhere in the nation but these are the top 20 home court advantages that will have a major impact on any NCAA basketball game.
It has become commonplace, especially this year with no dominate teams, for NCAA basketball schools to struggle on the road. Imagine going into a rowdy environment as an underclassman where 10 to 20 thousand people are on top of the court rooting against you, screaming at the refs and trash talking for two long hours.
Coaches and players can prepare for their opponents with film study, scouting reports and taking a peak at recent stats, but there is no possible way to game plan for the opposing team’s fans. It takes poise, composure, confidence and experience to make plays on the road, but there are 20 gyms in America where even the top players in the country have their fair share of issues.
And while there are notable arenas left off this list that deserve an honorable mention – including the Kohl Center (Wisconsin), WVU Coliseum (West Virginia Mountaineers), The Pavilion (Villanova), Mackey Arena (Purdue), Brimlage Coliseum or “The Octagon of Doom” (Kansas State) and Pauley Pavilion (UCLA) – these 20 home court advantages should be on a college basketball fans’ bucket list.
They don’t just rank as the best atmospheres in college hoops but they are some of the best, most historic places in all of sports.
So enjoy, sit back and just think about how difficult for your team to play on the road.