Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, February 12, 2016
Assembly Hall. Xfinity Center. Breslin Center.
What is the most intimidating arena in the Big Ten?
I asked some media members who cover the league, and here's what I got.
Bill Landis, @BillLandis25, Cleveland.com: Maryland. When that place gets going, that wall of students behind the basket has to be very intimidating for opposing teams. Maybe the loudest building I've ever been in.
Tom Kakert, @HawkeyeReport, HawkeyeReport.com: It's really close. Based on what I have seen and what players have indicated, I'd have to say Maryland. Very active and involved student section is always the key and they have that and more.
Graham Couch, @Graham_Couch, Lansing State Journal: Assembly Hall in Bloomington. No place gets louder. It's unique. It's steeped in history. When times are good in Champaign, Illinois is close. But Indiana is it. That place shakes.
Shannon Ryan, @sryantribune, Chicago Tribune: Maryland. The Terrapins are unbeaten at the Xfinity Center with wins against Iowa and Purdue. They routinely draw a near-capacity crowd. And "The Wall" of students? Terrifying.
Myron Medcalf, @MedcalfbyESPN, ESPN.com: Assembly Hall. I was there for a Minnesota-Indiana game in the dark years that followed the Kelvin Sampson Era. Hoosiers fans fought through an ice storm (officials thought about canceling the game) and rattled that building in support of an Indiana team that wasn't going anywhere.
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