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November 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Dawg Pack getting recognition

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Photo credit: AP PHOTO – Ted S. Warren
Interesting link that was passed on to me about Washington’s home court advantage.
It’s a story on ESPN’s subscriber site. I don’t normally post stuff from a pay site, but here’s an excerpt. And check out the quote below from three Pac-10 players about Husky fans. Here it is:

Which school has the biggest homecourt advantage?
1. Duke: 29 percent
T2. North Carolina and Kansas: 5 percent
T4. Clemson, BYU, Gonzaga, Utah State, Michigan State: 4 percent
T9. Pitt, Washington, Memphis: 3 percent
T12. 5 tied at 2 percent
T17. 25 tied at 1 percent
Explanation
Another question, another Duke answer: Turns out the Crazies are indeed the craziest. But notice within the full results some of the more curious answers. Ever thought of BYU, Clemson or Utah State as particularly difficult places to play? They are, according to players. And three different Pac-10 players said Washington is a brutal road game because of fans’ computer skills. “They had some Photoshopped pictures of our point guard and coach doing stuff — like, weird stuff,” says one player. “They were so professional, I thought they were real for a minute.”
ONE MORE NOTE:
— It’s kind of obvious to many sports fans, but scholars like to debate these things.
Research out of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business shows that fans have a great impact on college basketball games and that officials are not objective in their
efforts to be fair to both teams.
A study co-authored by a professor in Indiana University’s Kelley School of
Business suggests that fans do have a great impact on games and that
officials often are not objective in their efforts to be fair to both teams.
According to a release: An examination of 365 major conference games played during the 2004-05 college men’s basketball season found a clear pattern of an increased probability of a foul on the team with fewer fouls, the visiting team and the team that is leading.

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