Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Top 10 Hardest Places to Play

In College Basketball home court advantage is arguable the most important out of any of the other sports. 

1. Cameron Indoor (Duke University)

Cameron only holds 9,314 fans but all of them make Durham rock. The "Cameron Crazies" make it an almost impossible place to play. The Student section surrounds the court. The crazies are so close that if you want to throw in the ball on the sidelines you'll have hands in your face. No team wants to play the Blue Devils no matter where you play them but at Cameron it's ten times tougher. 

2. Allen Fieldhouse ( Kansas University)

The Jayhawks have won an NCAA best 68 straight games and have only lost 12 games in 16 years at Allen Fieldhouse. When the capacity 16,300 fans start the "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" cheer the place just goes crazy and you get the chills. If you come out of Allen Fieldhouse with a win then you need to have a composed and veteran team. 

3. Carrier Dome (Syracuse University)

This Arena is in the Top 3 because of size. This place can pack in 33,000 fans and even had 34,600 last year vs Villanova. Most arenas only hold about 15,000-18,000 fans but when you have 33,000 fans that are this crazy the places gets rocking and the opposing team gets really flustered. 

4. Rupp Arena (University of Kentucky)

One of the largest capacity's in the NCAA (23,500) puts Lexington on the spot. Kentucky fans just love their UK basketball. They sell out their arena just to introduce the new recruiting class. This is the biggest arena to be made just for basketball, Carrier Dome is built for Football and Lacrosse too.  The Wildcats have a .881 winning percentage at Rupp which is one of the best all time. 

5. Peterson Center ( University of Pittsburgh)

This place has consistently been one of the toughest places to play since it opened in 2002. "The Oakland Zoo", Student Section, is one of the loudest and most rowdy student sections in the NCAA. In the toughest conference in the nation a huge home court advantage always gives you an advantage. Capacity crowd is 12,500.

6. Gallagher-Iba Arena (Oklahoma State) 

Most people usually don't think of Oklahoma St as a tough place to play but the 13,600 fans that show up every game make the place go crazy and make it tough for teams to come out Gallagher with a win. CBS named Gallagher as the Best College Basketball Arena in the country in 2001. 

7. Breslin Center (Michigan State)

"The Izzone" make the Breslin Center as hard as it is. Several places have ranked "the Izzone" in the Top 5 as best student sections. The Beslin Center holds a capacity crowd of 15,085 rowdy Spartan fans. When they get into Big Ten play and have to take on Ohio St, Purdue, Wissconsin, and Illinois the home court advantage makes a major difference. 

8. Kohl Center (University of Wisconsin)

Since the arena opened in 1998 the Badgers have only lost about 1.5 games at home per year. Even years that the Badgers haven't been ranked or a tournament team the Badgers have upset top opponents at Kohl because of the 17,230 fans yelling. Madison is always a place that teams don't want to travel to weather its football or basketball. 

9. Dean Smith Center (University of North Carolina)

The Dean Center has over 21,750 fan come to every game and all those crazy UNC fans help the Tarheels be as sucessful as they can. UNC has a a overall 285-52 sine the Dean Center opened in 1986. They have lost only 2.1 games per year and have had several years were they haven't lost one. 

10. Littlejohn Coliseum (Clemson University)

Only 10,375 fans pack into Littlejohn but its so close together that sound just bounces off the walls and onto the court and opposing players should wear ear plugs. Littlejohn is ranked as #2 in NCAA basketball as toughest places to play. 

Comment Below for places that you think I should added to the Top 10. 

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