Who has Big Ten's best homecourt advantage?

There is no greater asset to a team than a good homecourt advantage. And, there are several intimidating venues in the Big Ten. I polled seven writers who cover the league and asked them what they thought was the most intimidating Big Ten arena.

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Mark Snyder, Detroit Free Press:

Breslin Center. It may be slanted because I’m there for Michigan games. But with the Izzone surrounding the court, it gets nasty.

Brad Sturdy, OrangeandBlueNews.com:

It’s Michigan State when it has its White Out at the Breslin Center. Loud and crazy fans. The visual is awesome, too.

Marcus Fuller, St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Michigan State. It’s almost like the fans treat every game like they’re playing for a Big Ten title. The fans get rowdy from the opening tip.

Steve Helwagen, Bucknuts.com:

Today it’s the Breslin Center. Kids are right on top of you. And when they get going, it is LOUD. They are really into the game. All-time homecourt advantage in the B1G, it’s Assembly Hall when Knight was there. So much passion, so many blue hairs in red sweaters yelling “he’s travelin'” When a call goes against Indiana at Assembly Hall, it sounds like 17,000 people just got stabbed in the side “OOOOOOOHHHH!”

Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal:

Minnesota’s Williams Arena. The elevated floor alone is a challenge; Gophers’ fans for years have made it a deafening din for opponents.

Marc Morehouse, Cedar Rapids Gazette:

The Kohl Center. The student section does its homework and generally is pretty funny.

Dan Hoppen, HuskerOnline.com:

My vote would probably go for Michigan State.


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Bob Jones on 2/14/2014 @ 5:24pm EDT Said:

Huskers 11-1 at home, with only a 1 pt loss to Michigan after a couple of missed tip ins at the buzzer. Hard to beat that home record.

ryan schnurr on 2/14/2014 @ 6:17pm EDT Said:

Im starting wonder if the Big Ten Network needs to find different “experts”. The fact that Nebraska is 11-1 at home and nobody puts them on this list is insane. The only lose the huskers have at home is a 1 point loss to Michingan that literally came down to mthe final second. The average score of Nebraska at home is 70 ppg the teams they played have on scored a average of 60 ppg. Yes we all know that nebraska is onlly a decent team but they get it done at home. Indiana who is up therelost to Penn State. Yes i said Penn State at home thats all the explenation i need.

    Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor on 2/14/2014 @ 6:21pm EDT Said:

    @Ryan – This was a poll of seven basketball writers across the Big Ten, not BTN employees. Thanks for reading.

Josh on 2/14/2014 @ 7:21pm EDT Said:

Homecourt advantage is tough to determine, so I will look at how well they do at home. I will do it for losses so far.

Michigan is the only B1G team without a home loss in conference play but lost to Arizona.
Nebraska’s only home loss was to Michigan.
MSU lost to UNC and Michigan.
Iowa lost to OSU and MSU.
Minnesota lost to Michigan and Northwestern.
These are the toughest home-court teams so far since the other teams have at least 3 home losses.

Josh on 2/14/2014 @ 7:27pm EDT Said:

Forgot about Purdue, who lost to OSU and Wisconsin.

1005fahr on 2/15/2014 @ 9:26am EDT Said:

I think Nebraska has to do it for more than 3/4 of one season in order to be considered.

1005fahr on 2/15/2014 @ 9:27am EDT Said:

I think Nebraska has to do it for more than 2/3 of one season in order to be considered.

MaryBeth Heydt on 2/15/2014 @ 10:33am EDT Said:

KOHL CENTER! #onwisconsin

B1Gfan MI on 2/15/2014 @ 11:41am EDT Said:

The waft of livestock odor is a distinct advantage for the Aggies. The distraction for opposing teams is dreadful. The B1G should legislate that the corral be properly ventilated prior to each game.

Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) on 2/15/2014 @ 12:48pm EDT Said:

How about Carver? Have any of you been there for a meaningful game? You cannot hear the person next to you!

Gorbangooly on 2/15/2014 @ 1:53pm EDT Said:

Initially my vote would go to Crisler Center simply based on Michigan’s exemplary home performance (2-point loss to Arizona decided in final second). However, when looking at road wins against MSU, OSU, and Wisconsin, I am leaning toward the conclusion that Michigan is simply a fantastic team who has not let an adverse environment get in the way of huge wins. That’s why I’d give it to Breslin, because every week the students show up fired up like you wouldn’t believe. Maize Rage gets rowdy at times, but the Izzone stays that way for the full 40 minutes.

Doug on 2/15/2014 @ 7:00pm EDT Said:

hey bigfan, the quietness of crisler arena, aka the library, is a definite advantage for michigan. it also works for their football team. who would have thought 110,000 “fans” could be so quiet ??

Leroy Brennfoerder on 2/16/2014 @ 5:39pm EDT Said:

At this point in the season I’d go with Huskers 11-1 in a new home. It takes time to get use to a new place. A very young team. I’m thinking it must be NU.

B1Gfan MI on 2/16/2014 @ 8:24pm EDT Said:

Lots of libraries on campus, Crisler isn’t one of them.Crowd noise in Stadium is natural. Not the piped in kind that I have experienced at other B1G stadiums. Ever sit near the speakers at Aggie stadium?

Calan on 2/17/2014 @ 8:42am EDT Said:

Noise/atmosphere seems relevant in this assessment, not necessarily current home record …. It is nice to see Nebrasketball Homers though!

Bill on 2/17/2014 @ 8:56am EDT Said:

Just opinions. no one apparently bothered to look at W/L records over say the last 10-12 years. then, you’d know who has a home court advantage. opinions? everyone has one.

Taylor on 3/10/2014 @ 8:40pm EDT Said:

Time to rethink this list. Nebraska needs to be at the top of this list. Unbelievable atmosphere. Record speaks for its self at home. Wisconsin game was fun wasn’t it?