College basketball is littered with historically great programs. These clubs — many are the “blue bloods” of college basketball — tend to have a lot in common. They usually have fantastic coaches, recruit extremely well, and dominate on their home floor. These things, among others, are the keys to success in this particularly competitive world. Unfortunately, sometimes, they don’t always work.
On January 18, back in the 2014 regular season, the Duke Blue Devils had just lost their second consecutive game. While that was disturbing news for the talented — albeit young — team, the more pressing matter was that the Miami Hurricanes defeated them at Cameron Indoor Stadium. And Duke does not lose at home often.
At the time, the Duke Blue Devils had won 41 straight contests on their home floor. Usually the “Cameron Crazies” provide the ultimate home-court advantage. However, on that particular night, a rowdy and supportive crowd wasn’t enough help their squad overcome unusually sloppy play.
In college basketball, home-court advantage is prevalent throughout the country. Of course, some teams benefit more than others. Using numbers running through the 2015–16 season, here’s a look at 10 of the most difficult places to play college basketball.