Thursday, March 3, 2011

From the FreeP: Home-court advantage key for BU in tournament

By Jack Flagler/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s basketball team has the strongest home-court advantage in the America East. BU has dropped just two games in Boston this year, and in conference play, the team was a perfect 7-0 (one “home” game was a victory over University at Albany at Madison Square Garden).

Meanwhile, the team struggled to win on the road. BU’s 4-10 overall away record is slightly misleading. The team won its last three games away from Boston including an overtime victory on Sunday over conference champs University of Vermont. But BU also dropped winnable games at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Hartford University and University of New Hampshire this year.

If you have attended a BU basketball game recently, you may be confused as to where this home court advantage comes from. Generally we think of great home courts as places like Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium, University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena or The Spectrum at Utah State University.

Those teams play off the energy of their loud student sections that sit nearly on top of the court. Their home-court advantage comes from thousands of fans intimidating opposing teams with chants, costumes, ear-splitting noise and general insanity. Not surprisingly, none of those three squads have lost at home this season.


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