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March Madness: Most Overwhelming College Basketball Fanbases

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Kentucky fans are known to do their fair share of heckling and rarely leave the referees alone…

One of the country’s favorite sporting events is coming with March Madness kicking off next month. Part of what makes the NCAA basketball event such an exciting ordeal is how crazy the crowds get.

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Some colleges take their basketball very seriously but some crowds stand out among the rest. We already have an idea of the March Madness schedule as things kick off on March 17 but there’s still some time before college basketball news drops about which teams will be competing.


As we know, college teams don’t get to play on their homecourt during March Madness but that doesn’t mean the fans don’t travel. While we wait for March Madness brackets to start, we’re going to go through some of the toughest places and crowds to play against.

 

North Carolina/Dean E. Smith Center

There’s going to be a common theme on this list and it’s that most of the toughest fan bases are from colleges that are historically great at basketball. One of the most iconic basketball programs in all of the NCAA is the North Carolina Tar Heels.


With six National Championships, the Tar Heels are the third-most successful program in college basketball history. North Carolina fans are known to be particularly colorful with their language and don’t give the referees much room to think about how much chirping they do.

 

Ohio State/Value City Arena

If you’ve followed Ohio State sports, you know that their fans are particularly demanding. That translates to their basketball arena as they have some of the most savage fans. Though the program is more known for football than basketball, fans still make it a nightmare for opposing teams to play.

Eventually, that passion from the fans could lead to some success but we’ll just have to wait and see.

 

Kentucky/Rupp Arena

There might not be a college basketball program more iconic than the Kentucky Wildcats. The program has the second-most championships in college basketball history with eight. Considering their football program isn’t anything to be excited about, their fan base has become very passionate about basketball.


Kentucky fans are known to do their fair share of heckling and rarely leave the referees alone. It’s a tough place to play for anybody.

 

Kansas/Allen Fieldhouse

The Midwest is just a really hard place to play. The fans don’t have much going on outside of sports which leads to some very passionate people. Kansas has one of the best basketball programs around and that’s led to fans taking the sport very seriously.


The record for the loudest fans in attendance at a college basketball game came in 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse when fans hit 130.4 decibels. Look, I can’t imagine there’s much going on in Kansas so it’s nice that they have some fans at college basketball games. I’m just glad I wasn’t at that loud ass game.

 

Duke/Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke is pretty synonymous with college basketball at this point. They’ve had one of the best programs for years and a very rowdy fan base. Cameron Indoor Stadium has been open since the 1940s and Duke fans are known for being particularly over the top.


The “Cameron Crazies” are famous at this point for painting themselves blue and white and losing their minds during basketball games. It’s a badge of honor for these fans to act particularly crazy which is why it’s so hard to play there.

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