NCAA Basketball: The 13 Loudest Arenas
College campuses are where you find the loudest basketball arenas. Rowdy fans plastered with body paint create quite a ruckus, bouncing in unison while the visiting players can barely hear themselves think over the resultant roar.
Such an intimidating atmosphere creates an incredible home-court advantage for the teams lucky enough to have such a rabid following.
These are the rowdiest of fans.
And these are the 13 loudest arenas.
Cameron Indoor Stadium
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The loudest arena in college basketball has given the Duke Blue Devils the best home-court advantage for more than a decade.
Duke hasn't lost a non-conference game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in more than 10 years. The Blue Devils have some of the best fans in college basketball, and it shows when they pack this arena for every game.
Dean Smith Center
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North Carolina boast one of the best home courts in the sport. Since the Dean Smith Center opened in 1986, the Tar Heels have had four seasons in which they did not lost a game there.
Opposing teams hate to visit the Dean Smith Center, and not just because of the dominant North Carolina teams they have to face.
The atmosphere there rivals Cameron Indoor Stadium as one of the loudest and most difficult in the nation.
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One of the reasons for Kansas' domination of the Big 12 in recent years is the overwhelming home-court advantage the Jayhawks have.
Allen Fieldhouse has been a devastating place to visit for conference opponents.
A dominant Missouri Tigers team almost knocked off Kansas at home last year, but in the end could not overcome such a huge home-court advantage.
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The Kentucky Wildcats' size and speed have allowed them to become one of the premier programs in the country. Their home-court advantage has played a big role as well.
When the Wildcats are winning, their home-court advantage might be the best in all of college hoops.
It's hard to imagine Kentucky losing at Rupp Arena this season. Its greatest test will be against Missouri on February 23.
Texas A&M and Tennessee also could be difficult home games for the Wildcats this season.
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The biggest on-campus college basketball arena easily stands as one of the loudest buildings in the sport. The Loud House didn't see a Syracuse Orange loss last year, despite some of the best teams in the nation coming in for a visit.
Florida, Georgetown and Marquette all fell to the Orange there last season, proving this home-court advantage is as strong as ever.
Value City Arena
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Value City Arena was one of the toughest places for a visiting team to play last year, as Ohio State only lost to Michigan State at home.
It helps having great talent, but the Buckeyes' home building also gives them a significant edge.
Breslin Student Events Center
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The Breslin Student Events Center can be one of the most intimidating environments in sports, regardless of whether a ranked or unranked opponent is in for a visit.
The Michigan State faithful were decked out in all white for a season that saw them nearly go undefeated at home in 2011-12.
The Spartans' only home loss came against Ohio State, one of the toughest teams in the country, late in the season.
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The Missouri Tigers have quietly established one of the most dominant home-court advantages over the years at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers could have finished the season undefeated at home were it not for an unexpected loss to Kansas State late in the year.
The Tigers could easily finish undefeated at home this season. Their only real test comes late in the year against Florida.
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Marquette has made the Bradley Center a difficult place for opposing teams. Vanderbilt was the only team fortunate enough to leave there with a victory in 2011.
The Golden Eagles play in arena that is also the home of NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. The large pro-style environment can be an unsettling experience for opponents, and the noise from the Golden Eagles faithful only makes it more difficult.
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The O'Connell Center might not be the first college basketball arena to come to mind when thinking of the rowdiest buildings, but its home-court advantage is apparent.
Florida only dropped two games at home last year, one of which came against eventual national champion Kentucky.
Florida's home court will be tested in a big way this season when Wisconsin, Marquette and Kentucky pay a visit.
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Assembly Hall is a special place, even when Indiana isn't meeting the high expectations of its fans.
But as the program continues to improve under Tom Crean, it becomes a place where visiting teams come to lose. Last season, the Hoosiers lost only once at home.
Assembly Hall's design, with its steep stands hugging the court, makes his one of the loudest arenas in college basketball.
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The vibrant yellow filling the stands at the Crisler Center can be distracting enough for opponents. The Michigan faithful pack the Crisler Center for every game, making it one of the loudest arenas in the sport.
Ohio State and Michigan State visit the Crisler Center this season. The Wolverines will rely on the difficult environment their home-court provides to give them an advantage against these elite teams in the Big Ten.
Donald L. Tucker Center
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Florida State Seminoles has a better home-court advantage than most think. The Seminoles only dropped two games at home last year, one of which was to Duke.
For an institution that isn't necessarily considered a basketball school, Florida State's fans do a great job of making this one of the loudest buildings in college basketball.
The Seminoles will look to build on last year's successful season, and their home court will play a big role in helping them succeed in the ACC.