The home court is a more powerful force than anyone could have ever imagined. The noise locked into a basketball arena comes in somewhere between massive and ear-shattering, making those few games on your own hardwood of immeasurable importance.
Your opponents judge you on more than just your arena's capacity to produce sound, however, as how it looks, smells, and overall, feels is also an influence. Intimidation can play a giant factor in a home victory, especially when a ranked squad comes to visit.
The actual gym floor means more than most openly say. It's not only an expression of the university or of the program, but, more than anything, the team that defends it a few times per year. The hardwood is their home ground, their last stand, their castle.
Some programs just love the simplicity that goes with a plain, hardwood floor painted with the school's symbol and the basketball specifications. That's all they really need to compete and that's what they are going to stay with.
Other universities, however, love to be a bit more expressive. Similar to uniforms and their new outbreak in the fashion side of things, courts are beginning to get less old-school and a lot more flashy. Players, fans and commentators all have an interest in this somewhat new phenomenon, most questioning it while others support the entire idea.
We take a look at the top 14 most insane, crazy and overall coolest basketball courts on this side of the Atlantic.
For some more fun designs, have a look at this link. Really crazy but overall fun to envision.