Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 14, 2014

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,

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,

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,

My vote would probably go for Michigan State.


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