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The Pete: One Of The NCAA's Biggest Home Court Advantages

Just another site calling The Pete one of the biggest home court advantages in all of college hoops:

Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

The Petersen Events Center is a fairly young facility, having opened in 2002. Since that time, though, the Pittsburgh Panthers have been deadly at home. Urged on by the Oakland Zoo, the student section named after the University’s neighborhood, Pitt is an amazing 5-0 SU against top-five teams at home at the Pete. 12,508 fans pack the arena for Big East home games, and the crowd generally goes home happy.

The Panthers did suffer a home loss this season to Notre Dame (a school that got consideration for this list after a 17-0 home record), which gave Pitt a 17-1 home record. Like the Blue Devils, the Panthers were mediocre ATS, only posting a 7-6 mark for a very slight profit. Once again, the home-court advantage is real, but it is pushing point spreads just a bit too high. The ML advice works for Pitt as well, particularly if you get them as a ‘dog against a top-5 team. This is rare, but it happens.