The Arena Pulse: No. 5-Breslin Center (Michigan State)
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Venue: The Breslin Center
School Name: Michigan State
Location: East Lansing, Michigan
The green outline and the Spartan logos that cover the court, along with the nearly 15,000 green seats that make up Michigan State’s basketball facility, make this a great place to play a game.
Now, add a roaring student section and nearly every person in the place wearing a white T-shirt, and you've got yourself one of the best atmospheres in college basketball.
Opened in 1989, the Breslin Center is home to the Michigan State basketball program. Since then, it has seen a highly impressive home winning streak, a National Championship team, and has offered one of the best home court advantages in the country.
Although the Spartans have played a few games in the past at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, including a midseason matchup against North Carolina last season, the abundance of their home games are played at the Breslin Center, including all from the upcoming 2009-2010 schedule.
What might be the most attention-grabbing part of the Breslin Center is their student section. Around the country, they are known as the Izzone, and all of the 4,000 members wear their white shirts and assist in providing visiting teams with as much of a problem as they can.
Big Ten opponents know just how much of a home court advantage the Spartans are offered inside the Breslin Center. With an overflowing student section going crazy and the support of Spartans fans each game, heading into East Lansing is never easy, no matter how talented of a team it may be.
It was in 2007 when No. 2 Wisconsin came into the Breslin Center and was held to just 55 points in what turned out to be an upset victory for Michigan State.
Including some upsets in the past, the Spartans have treated the Breslin Center to one of the longest winning streaks in the nation. Working through a 2000 National Championship, the Spartans rallied off 53 straight wins at the Breslin Center from 2000 to 2002.
This season, the toughest of their non-conference games just happens to be on the road at North Carolina. However, with a rare visit from Gonzaga, the Bulldogs will get a true taste of the Breslin Center in late November. As always, the Izzone is in true midseason form come Big Ten play, and you can be assured this year will be no different.
After a highly impressive run through the NCAA Tournament ended with a disappointing loss at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels, Michigan State looks ahead, and with a top five ranking expected to start the season, expectations are buzzing again in East Lansing.
With an opportunity to chase their third national title in school history, there is not much doubt that the Breslin Center will be rocking all during the 2009-2010 schedule. From the Izzone to the court, excitement is at its peak in East Lansing each and every year.
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