Home-court advantage goes out the window during tourney time. As the spotlight grows brighter, the setting switches to a neutral location and the nation's best fanbases rise up.
College hoops' most passionate followers provide the vibe that makes March Madness so special. Drama on the court surrounded by a fanatical frenzy of face-painted undergrads and screaming alumni.
An array of elements go into the evolution of a great fanbase. Historical relevance helps; so does sustained program success and traditions shared by the masses.
This isn't a knock on any of the other 58 fanbases that have dreams of this tournament ending in a national championship celebration on their campus. There's no doubt alums from every participating school are digging out old college apparel from the closet and walking around with an extra portion of pride this week.
Here are 10 fanbases that stand above the rest for what they bring to the bleachers and beyond. Remember, the door is closed for fans of teams that were left out of the tourney (yes, I know Kentucky has stellar supporters).