College Basketball: Who has the best home court?

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Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks fans show their support during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks fans show their support during the game against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

There is not a sport more profoundly impacted by home crowd fans than college basketball. This is partly due to the intentionally-intimidating design of many college basketball arenas which routinely place home fans nearly on top of the opposing teams. Although, not all college basketball programs dominate their home courts as thoroughly as the nation’s elite home court protecting programs. We at FanSided examined the programs that protect their home court better than anyone else and ranked the top 10. For a home court to be eligible for this list a program must have been playing in the same arena for at least 10 years.

Without further ado I present to you the best home court advantages in college basketball in terms of all-time winning percentage.

10. Kansas – Allen Fieldhouse: Capacity 16,300, Opened 1955, Winning Percentage .8659

The Jayhawks, one of college basketball’s most marquee programs, boast the oldest stadium on this list. It is quite impressive to carry a winning percentage that high for almost 60 years in one building, but they’ve done it gracefully. They hold a 717-111 all-time record at the Allen Fieldhouse. For that Kansas can thank its loyal fans that religiously inhabits it and the incredible list of talented players that have donned their classic blue jerseys. The Jayhawks have gone to 10 Sweet Sixteens and four Final Fours since 2000 alone. Their success is evident and is not going to slow down anytime soon. For years to come, perhaps forever, the Allen Fieldhouse will be one of college basketball’s most feared venues. Hearing the slowed-down version of “Rock Chalk” chanted by the fans late in the second half is a sure sign of their opponent’s demise. Does it get any better than that?

9. Creighton – CenturyLink Center Omaha: Capacity 17,260, Opened 2003, Winning Percentage .8670

The CenturyLink Center has been an incredibly tough place for opponents to play since it opened up its doors in 2003. The Bluejays’ all-time record in their current building is 163-25. They were a dominant force in the Missouri Valley Conference for years and last year joined the newly-aligned Big East. Not only did they finally join a major conference — they’re thriving. Doug McDermott led the Bluejays to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and was named the Naismith College Player of the Year last year. The CenturyLink will certainly miss McDermott’s contributions as he now resides in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls. But history says the arena will still be a tough spot for opponents to play. One thing is certain though, the “Bird Cage” Creighton’s student section, will keep the arena a raucous environment for years.

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