This post samples home court records at schools from around the country to see how they have compared to Big 12 home records since 2008.
We’ll look at some of the strongest home courts in several different conferences.
Duke (ACC): 7-1, 7-1, 8-0. 22-2. (91.6%) Only UNC has beaten the Devils at home since 2008. Wake Forest is 20-4.
Pittsburgh (Big East): 7-2, 9-0, 8-1. 24-3 (88.8%) – The Panthers, unlike powers UConn and Villanova, do not split their home games between two arenas. Louisville is 23-4.
Michigan State 9-0, 7-2, 7-2 and Wisconsin (Big Ten): 8-1, 7-2, 8-1. Both are 23-4 (85.2%) – Ohio State is 22-5.
UCLA (Pac-10): 8-1, 7-2, 5-4. 20-7. (74.1%) Home court advantage has not meant quite as much in this league.
Kentucky 8-0, 4-4, 8-0 and Tennessee (SEC): 8-0, 5-3, 7-1 are both 20-4. (83.3%) These are two of the largest basketball-only arenas in America.I don’t think the sample sizes are large enough to conclude a significant difference in difficulty of winning on the road. Even going back further, I don’t think we’d see much of a difference.
Clearly, the Pac-10 has not had a dominant home court. I suspect that is due to the lack of a dominant team.
It appears road wins against decent teams are most infrequent in the Big Ten, Big East and yes, the Big 12. These 3 conferences seem to have the best DEPTH of tough home courts.
As far as the toughest individual venues, Kansas, Duke and Pitt have all been consistently excellent teams and are hard to beat anywhere.