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Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Scott Kaschner


Home court advantage is a term that has been used throughout the basketball world by everyone from broadcasters and TV analysts to athletes and coaches to fans. It is a reference to the perceived benefit that the home team receives by playing in their own arena or stadium. Much of the prior research on home court advantage has centered around the reasons that it exists and how it impacts the play on the court through box score statistics. Building on this previous research, this study performs a statistical analysis of men's college basketball to determine if home court advantage is reflected in a team's record of wins and losses and its winning percentage. Using data from the last seven full seasons from the Big East Conference, the researcher utilizes hypothesis tests with different setups to confirm or deny a statistically significant home court advantage for each individual team and between teams in the conference.

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