College basketball is one of the most followed sports in America. It is very exciting to watch and rather unpredictable. The beauty of college basketball is that anything can happen at any given time.
The number one team in the nation is never safe, and if you are a ranked team going into an unranked opponent's home arena, you are on upset alert.
It's such a beautiful game that is full of poise, athleticism and emotion. It is pure and basketball at one of its rawest forms.
A major part of what makes college basketball so exciting is the passionate fanbases all around the nation.
Here are the 50 best college basketball fanbases in the nation.
Creighton has some great fans. They have great attendance frequently and even though a lot of people haven't even heard of them, they are loyal fans.
Seton Hall is an annual NCAA contender. They have a great fanbase and following, putting them on this list.
Although the football team is always in the spotlight, the basketball team is treated almost as a second class citizen. It still has a great following though because after all, it is the historic Notre Dame.
South Florida has a very loyal basketball following and they compete well. South Florida is not a place that an opposing team really wants to go play because of the atmosphere created by the loyal fan base.
Cornell has the best fans in the Ivy League for basketball and they are tough to beat. They even advanced to the sweet 16 last season before losing to Kentucky.
Virginia Tech is just not a place that a team wants to come in and play. Their loyal fan base normally fills Cassell Coliseum, which is an older gym that gets very loud.
The Dayton Flyers almost always make the tournament and are a tough team to play at home because of their loyal fanbase. For such a small school, it has a great following and is considered one of the best fanbases in the nation.
Kansas State fans are some of the rowdiest fans in the nation. They create an obnoxious environment for opponents to play in.
Vanderbilt fans are some of the best as well. They generally are very loud and with the weird court setup, it's hard for anyone to win a game at Vanderbilt.
Butler Bulldog fans are always representing their school. They almost always sell out Hinkle Fieldhouse and are a rowdy group of fans.
The Wildcats may not have the biggest arena, and they definitely don't have the biggest fanbase, but they are very loyal to their school. They are one of the best because of always supporting their team even though they have never made the tournament. It's a tough place to play, just ask my Purdue Boilermakers.
Boston College fans are definitely wild. They get loud and they pack Conte Forum making it one of the toughest places to play in basketball.
Minnesota fans are just about like hockey fans. In fact, many of them are hockey fans, and it gets rowdy fast. Playing at the Barn is no easy task for opposing teams.
The Bearcats have one of the best college basketball followings in the nation. They play great basketball and generate some great fans. It's a tough place to play, and the fans generally travel well.
Missouri has a great team this season and has had a good fanbase for a while now. They are loud and can create quite an uproar.
This football school can also draw quite the crowd for basketball. They play well and when the team is playing at a high level, the fans are showing up at a high number.
Arizona State is known as a party school, and man do they party at basketball games. The crowd is rocking when they are playing well, making it a tough environment to play in, not to mention distracting as shown in the picture.
Florida State fans are generally football fans, but that doesn't stop them from cheering on their basketball team.
UCLA had one of the best fan bases for a long time, but it has started to decline. They still show up in force and it's still a wild environment, but it's not what it used to be.
Xavier has been a perennial tournament team for a few years now. They have a very loyal fanbase who comes out in force. When playing in Xavier, one must be on lookout for an upset.
Although a small university, Nova brings a strong fanbase to the table in terms of college basketball. They come out and support their team. The Pavilion might not have a large crowd, but it's loud.
Wake Forrest is one of those teams I think of when I think college basketball. Their fans are loud and proud. When they have a great team, they are rocking their home court making it a tough place to play.
Georgetown has a great fanbase. They come out in force to cheer on their team, and it's a tough place to play basketball.
West Virginia has some of the craziest fans in the nation. They get loud, they do provocative cheers and they throw stuff. They aren't classy, but they are loud.
New Mexico fans show up and support their team every single game. They have great attendance and are very loud fans giving their team a great advantage. The Pit Arena is very loud and with the resurgence of the program it will only get louder.
Baylor can really bring in a crowd, not only for their men's games, but for their women's too. Baylor is a tough place to play basketball and the fans are just great.
UNLV has a very loyal fanbase who gets loud. Being located in Vegas, it is surprising how great their attendance is.
Arkansas has a great college basketball following. Although mainly a football school, they still have a very loud crowd for basketball games.
The Boilermakers have always had a strong basketball following, and Mackey Arena is one of the toughest places to play in the country. The fanbase is strong, and basketball is just an Indiana tradition.
BYU fans are some of the best fans in the nation. They generally fill up their arena and create a tough environment to play in.
Connecticut has a big fanbase. Besides playing in a more pro-style arena, it is still a very tough place to play, and they have a great fanbase to keep it rocking.
North Carolina State is a tough place to play for any team. They tend to always be very good at upsetting their rivals!
Ohio State has a very loyal fanbase, but they are definitely second to the football team. Their pro-style arena doesn't create a very strong home-court advantage, but they still have great fans.
Arizona has one of the most loyal fanbases in college basketball. Many Wildcat fans were not happy with not making the tournament last season, but they should get it back on track this year.
Maryland has one of the best fanbases in the nation. They make their home court one of the toughest places to play in the nation.
Illinois has one of the toughest venues to play at in the nation. Their fans are right on top of you and they are loud. They are great fans that are very knowledgeable, not to mention the Orange Krush is intimidating.
The longhorns fanbase is very strong, especially for a football school. They always have strong attendance and it's a very tough place to play, especially during the Big 12 season.
Wisconsin is one of the toughest places to play in the nation. It's hard to win up there and you might as well count it as a loss. Their fans are some of the toughest in the nation, and they show up whatever the weather might be outside.
Marquette is one of the smaller universities on the scene, but they have a great basketball following, They are able to really draw a great crowd. No one wants to play against them at home.
Memphis fans are great. They show up, cheer loud and give their small school a great chance of winning at home. They play in the conference USA, but that doesn't matter, they are still a college basketball big dog.
Oregon has one of the best fanbases in the nation. They play in one of the oldest gyms in the nation and it is a tough place to play. They will be moving next season, but the fans will still show up, only this time in greater numbers!
Michigan State has one of the most loyal fan bases in the nation. Not only do they have a strong base, but they also have one of the best student sections in the IZZONE. MSU is a tough place to play for any opponent.
Louisville has a big time following and has some great fans. They just moved into a new stadium and that will just help their home-court advantage. Their new stadium has their fans saying YUM—literally.
Syracuse has a strong fanbase. They set a record home crowd last season having over 30,000 people show up to a basketball game. The Orange fans are a great bunch and are spirited. This makes them some of the best fans in the nation.
Tennessee fans are very loyal. One shouldn't ever say anything bad on a Tennessee message board, or they will be steadily attacked—trust me. They show up and support their team and make their stadium one of the worst places to play in the country.
Although Indiana has been down for a few years, they still have one of the best fanbases in the nation. Sure, they complain a lot, and root for Notre Dame football, but they still show up and cheer, making Assembly Hall one of the most intimidating places to play in the nation.
Tar Heel fans are all around the country. It's hard to go out of your house during basketball season without seeing some kind of Tar Heel apparel. The fans pack the stadium making it a tough place to play.
Kansas has one of the most passionate fanbases in the country. Their fans can really make a huge difference in the game, and the Rock Chalk cheer is one of the craziest spectacles in college basketball.
There is not much to say about the Duke Blue Devils. Duke fans are passionate and loud. Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of the craziest places to play in college basketball, and the Cameron Crazies are the best student section in the nation.
Kentucky has one of the most loyal fanbases in the country. Sure, their fans can get really annoying, and they just think the world of their team, but they really are passionate. Say what you want about them, they truly are the best fanbase in the country.