According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 85 percent of Missouri fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 77 percent last week, but still down from 92 percent two weeks ago. Obviously there’s a big task at hand today, and with a win in Knoxville Mizzou could be able to get back above 90%.
As has been said over and over again for the last year, this season of college basketball has been unlike any other. One of the most obvious changes is the lack of fans in attendance.
Many of the country’s most intimidating venues have lost some of their luster, giving road opponents more opportunities to earn a win. That change hasn’t been lost on fans. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, just over half of college basketball fans think home-court advantage has disappeared this season.
The results are interesting because we have real evidence Home Court Advantage has been severely impacted. Any time you’re accustomed to an environment your opponent isn’t used to it should give you an advantage. So I think the home court advantage exists, but it’s not nearly as strong as it’s been in years past.
Despite the loss of a home-court advantage, a few teams have separated themselves from the rest of the country. The Gonzaga Bulldogs and Baylor Bears have been the two best teams all season long. For now, those teams appear to have a stronghold on one-seeds in the NCAA Tournament.
But figuring out which two teams should join them on the top lines is much harder. According to fans around the country, Villanova and Iowa are best positioned right now. The Wildcats earned 44 percent of the vote, just ahead of Iowa’s 43 percent. They were trailed by Michigan (36 percent), Texas (26 percent), Kansas (18 percent), Tennessee (14 percent), and Houston (seven percent).
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