What is home court advantage actually worth in college basketball?  Ask that question to five different people and you’re likely to get five different answers.  Almost all of them are likely to give you a number like 3 points or 6 points or anywhere in-between.  The truth of the matter is that there is no simple answer to your question.  The national average is somewhere around 3.6 points, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Think about it this way:  Do you think Duke has the same home court advantage as North Dakota State?  Would you be surprised if I told you North Dakota State has a better home court advantage than the Blue Devils?  How would you go about calculating that number?  It’s an important question for Vegas sports books because even if they can determine who the better team is, they need to know how many points to set the odds on based off of this advantage.

We’ve compared each team’s home scoring margin (the average number of points a team loses or wins by) to their scoring margin on the road.  The average difference between those two numbers gives us what we call True Home Court Advantage, or the number of points better a team is at home versus a neutral court.  We’ve decided to only focus on in-conference games to weed out the huge blowouts you see as some teams play cupcake opponents to start their season.

This doesn’t tell us which courts are toughest to play on or which team has the best atmosphere, it just tells us which teams play much better or worse at home compared to on the road.  Some teams are simply terrible on the road, making home court that much more valuable to them, while there are some very good teams who are good both on the road and at home, making home court less valuable to them.  Our hope is that you can use this information to better handicap college basketball games this season.

College Basketball Home Court Advantage

Team Home Record Home Scoring Margin Road Record Road Scoring Margin True Home Court Advantage
Denver Pioneers 52-16 9.09 17-47 -4.17 6.63
Oklahoma St Cowboys 56-19 6.15 19-64 -6.92 6.54
Missouri Tigers 61-22 7.81 23-51 -4.86 6.34
Arkansas Razorbacks 47-25 4.40 19-50 -7.64 6.02
South Dakota State Jackrabbits 56-21 9.81 30-44 -2.22 6.02
New Mexico St Aggies 63-9 10.65 33-32 -0.92 5.79
Kansas St Wildcats 57-20 8.26 32-42 -3.20 5.73
Missouri St Bears 57-26 5.59 24-60 -5.82 5.71
George Washington Colonials 43-20 5.38 20-44 -5.91 5.65
Iowa St Cyclones 45-28 2.96 15-60 -8.21 5.59
Wake Forest Demon Deacons 42-30 -0.46 11-64 -11.40 5.47
Nebraska Cornhuskers 39-34 0.18 14-62 -10.74 5.46
Colorado St Rams 42-32 3.32 20-53 -7.60 5.46
Oklahoma Sooners 48-26 4.41 23-53 -6.26 5.34
Texas Longhorns 61-19 8.07 32-44 -2.43 5.25
Toledo Rockets 46-27 2.71 22-44 -7.67 5.19
Texas El Paso Miners 56-17 8.25 28-38 -2.11 5.18
Drake Bulldogs 51-35 2.21 22-56 -8.15 5.18
Utah Utes 51-28 3.97 22-60 -6.38 5.18
Illinois St Redbirds 57-25 6.27 25-61 -4.02 5.15
Memphis Tigers 74-5 16.90 52-14 6.65 5.13
Colorado Buffaloes 46-31 1.88 21-65 -8.36 5.12
Evansville Purple Aces 46-33 1.41 15-67 -8.80 5.11
Wyoming Cowboys 36-35 -0.48 15-58 -10.66 5.09
Indiana St Sycamores 56-24 3.27 26-61 -6.86 5.07
Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 51-26 4.88 23-49 -5.10 4.99
Gonzaga Bulldogs 76-3 18.57 54-15 8.71 4.93
Ohio St Buckeyes 70-9 11.33 41-37 1.47 4.93
Arkansas St Red Wolves 53-24 5.61 23-55 -4.21 4.91
Buffalo Bulls 49-19 7.40 26-44 -2.29 4.85
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 34-24 3.24 21-44 -6.38 4.81
Clemson Tigers 51-24 6.20 24-49 -3.41 4.81
Wichita St Shockers 67-19 10.94 42-40 1.33 4.81
Hawaii Warriors 39-31 2.89 22-53 -6.67 4.78
Sacramento State Hornets 30-36 -1.80 11-55 -11.33 4.77
Indiana Hoosiers 41-29 1.96 18-53 -7.48 4.72
Bradley Braves 43-35 1.26 19-67 -8.05 4.66
Marshall Thundering Herd 44-23 4.00 23-43 -5.27 4.64
Iowa Hawkeyes 37-38 0.89 16-57 -8.36 4.63
Texas Tech Red Raiders 24-34 -3.91 10-55 -13.08 4.59
Maryland Terrapins 47-23 4.90 24-46 -4.26 4.58
Butler Bulldogs 57-7 12.61 39-20 3.46 4.58
Providence Friars 35-33 1.72 18-48 -7.39 4.56
Texas AM Aggies 50-26 5.28 32-46 -3.83 4.56
Eastern Michigan Eagles 47-27 2.81 21-54 -6.29 4.55
IUPU Ft Wayne Mastodons 45-26 3.25 27-47 -5.81 4.53
Notre Dame Fighting Irish 50-12 6.92 25-35 -2.12 4.52
South Carolina State Bulldogs 40-34 1.58 20-53 -7.41 4.50
Boston College Eagles 39-31 0.89 19-58 -8.05 4.47
Fresno St Bulldogs 38-32 1.04 13-62 -7.87 4.46
Kansas Jayhawks 82-6 15.42 51-18 6.51 4.46
North Dakota State Bison 57-16 11.40 38-36 2.53 4.44
St Josephs Hawks 41-22 5.44 26-43 -3.42 4.43
Houston Cougars 47-24 4.27 22-53 -4.55 4.41
Virginia Tech Hokies 41-33 1.53 19-56 -7.29 4.41
Morehead St Eagles 60-20 6.95 32-42 -1.85 4.40
UCLA Bruins 74-17 9.42 46-38 0.67 4.38
Minnesota Golden Gophers 38-34 2.18 18-61 -6.52 4.35
Tennessee Volunteers 57-20 7.58 34-38 -1.03 4.31
Georgia St Panthers 29-29 1.74 16-48 -6.86 4.30
Miami Florida Hurricanes 36-20 4.45 21-40 -4.08 4.27
Utah St Aggies 61-9 11.70 37-25 3.21 4.25
Appalachian St Mountaineers 52-26 6.09 36-47 -2.39 4.24
Florida Gators 69-13 10.62 35-34 2.14 4.24
Georgia Bulldogs 40-29 2.33 24-55 -6.14 4.24
New Mexico Lobos 56-17 9.84 40-35 1.43 4.21
Alabama Crimson Tide 50-20 3.71 16-56 -4.65 4.18
Saint Louis Billikens 45-18 6.17 29-34 -2.17 4.17
Dayton Flyers 52-14 7.26 24-34 -1.07 4.17
Chattanooga Mocs 59-28 3.13 28-53 -5.20 4.17
Purdue Boilermakers 54-22 5.87 32-41 -2.44 4.16
Marquette Golden Eagles 54-19 7.18 35-37 -1.11 4.15
Portland St Vikings 47-20 6.16 29-42 -2.11 4.14
Howard Bison 33-38 -1.45 15-62 -9.66 4.11
Wright St Raiders 51-23 5.20 31-42 -3.01 4.11
Georgia Southern Eagles 41-38 0.34 21-59 -7.81 4.08
Furman Paladins 38-43 -0.70 21-67 -8.82 4.06
Washington Huskies 62-28 5.88 34-48 -2.23 4.06
Kent St Golden Flashes 59-12 8.48 31-35 0.39 4.05
Baylor Bears 47-27 5.19 30-52 -2.90 4.05
Illinois Chicago Flames 27-43 -1.54 11-62 -9.58 4.02
North Carolina Tar Heels 65-17 10.50 45-25 2.46 4.02
Stanford Cardinal 55-28 5.12 31-58 -2.91 4.02
Montana Grizzlies 62-13 9.87 40-30 1.84 4.02
Belmont Bruins 81-8 14.87 56-25 6.84 4.02
Eastern Washington Eagles 41-26 2.52 17-49 -5.50 4.01
Idaho State Bengals 35-33 0.49 14-56 -7.51 4.00
Long Beach St 49ers 57-17 8.47 36-30 0.48 4.00
Stetson Hatters 39-37 -1.34 19-60 -9.33 4.00
Northern Iowa Panthers 64-21 7.29 39-41 -0.69 3.99
Marist Red Foxes 40-36 -0.24 20-65 -8.19 3.98
Brigham Young Cougars 73-12 12.71 46-28 4.78 3.97
Texas Christian Horned Frogs 27-42 -4.71 7-68 -12.63 3.96
San Jose St Spartans 22-39 -3.61 10-55 -11.52 3.96
Central Michigan Chippewas 41-29 1.36 18-55 -6.55 3.96
Tulsa Golden Hurricane 55-19 7.04 38-33 -0.87 3.96
Mississippi Rebels 49-20 4.35 24-50 -3.54 3.95
Weber St Wildcats 66-9 10.44 41-29 2.56 3.94
Washington St Cougars 42-41 1.72 27-58 -6.14 3.93
Bucknell Bison 59-15 8.69 36-29 0.86 3.92
Youngstown St Penguins 32-37 -1.35 10-62 -9.17 3.91
Michigan St Spartans 64-14 8.58 37-36 0.79 3.90
Arizona Wildcats 67-22 9.02 42-41 1.28 3.87
Akron Zips 62-10 10.57 44-26 2.87 3.85
Louisville Cardinals 60-13 12.32 40-21 4.67 3.83
Oregon Ducks 55-31 3.15 35-53 -4.49 3.82
Texas Arlington Mavericks 44-19 6.13 30-35 -1.51 3.82
Western Michigan Broncos 60-17 6.92 28-42 -0.71 3.82
Northern Colorado Bears 44-24 4.00 23-46 -3.58 3.79
Cleveland St Vikings 52-21 5.88 32-42 -1.70 3.79
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles 38-16 4.20 19-36 -3.35 3.78
Portland Pilots 37-35 0.72 19-52 -6.79 3.76
Florida St Seminoles 50-26 3.91 39-41 -3.52 3.72
Vanderbilt Commodores 51-22 4.92 29-46 -2.48 3.70
Western Carolina Catamounts 57-28 3.01 30-57 -4.39 3.70
Creighton Bluejays 59-14 8.08 34-33 0.69 3.70
Kentucky Wildcats 67-11 10.45 41-30 3.07 3.69
Tenn Martin Skyhawks 29-42 -1.55 20-52 -8.90 3.68
Northern Illinois Huskies 29-38 -1.30 12-62 -8.59 3.65
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 36-37 0.66 15-59 -6.61 3.64
Oregon St Beavers 36-47 -3.06 16-71 -10.33 3.64
Southern Illinois Salukis 47-36 1.16 22-61 -6.07 3.62
Old Dominion Monarchs 54-18 8.07 34-28 0.85 3.61
Campbell Fighting Camels 46-37 1.65 25-58 -5.57 3.61
VCU Rams 71-12 11.59 46-27 4.40 3.60
St Johns Red Storm 39-29 -0.46 18-52 -7.63 3.59
Virginia Cavaliers 48-26 4.54 28-45 -2.60 3.57
Arizona St Sun Devils 47-35 2.00 25-60 -5.13 3.57
Florida Atlantic Owls 39-32 1.90 21-46 -5.22 3.56
Southern Utah Thunderbirds 38-39 -1.13 18-65 -8.22 3.55
George Mason Patriots 54-13 9.33 33-29 2.24 3.55
San Diego St Aztecs 68-11 8.95 41-35 1.86 3.55
Michigan Wolverines 51-27 3.35 28-46 -3.68 3.52
Fordham Rams 18-44 -7.08 8-55 -14.11 3.52
Arkansas Little Rock Trojans 47-29 3.18 36-46 -3.78 3.48
UNLV Runnin Rebels 66-18 7.20 31-40 0.24 3.48
Middle Tennessee St Blue Raiders 55-19 9.22 44-27 2.30 3.46
East Carolina Pirates 28-39 -2.87 17-53 -9.79 3.46
North Texas Mean Green Eagles 52-22 6.38 35-39 -0.50 3.44
Wis Milwaukee Panthers 47-27 0.89 25-47 -5.94 3.42
Troy Trojans 38-38 0.71 26-51 -6.12 3.42
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 41-27 2.65 25-45 -4.17 3.41
Bowling Green Falcons 37-28 1.71 21-46 -5.09 3.40
Valparaiso Crusaders 55-22 5.71 36-35 -1.08 3.40
Siena Saints 64-25 5.52 41-43 -1.26 3.39
Boise St Broncos 45-24 4.55 31-48 -2.18 3.37
Southern Methodist Mustangs 28-37 0.31 18-50 -6.38 3.35
Delaware Blue Hens 42-34 0.33 27-47 -6.35 3.34
Niagara Purple Eagles 51-33 4.12 36-45 -2.56 3.34
Colgate Raiders 29-36 -0.22 21-49 -6.80 3.29
Richmond Spiders 46-21 5.06 29-34 -1.48 3.27
Idaho Vandals 27-34 -0.46 21-43 -6.98 3.26
St Bonaventure Bonnies 33-32 0.71 20-43 -5.81 3.26
Wisconsin Badgers 65-15 9.43 39-31 2.91 3.26
UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 50-18 5.82 32-34 -0.65 3.24
Florida AM Rattlers 44-31 -0.16 22-54 -6.63 3.24
Temple Owls 51-10 9.87 31-20 3.41 3.23
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 20-40 -4.80 11-51 -11.24 3.22
Tennessee St Tigers 42-29 1.28 23-54 -5.13 3.21
Western Illinois Leathernecks 36-39 -1.77 20-56 -8.17 3.20
Samford Bulldogs 42-38 0.44 27-59 -5.95 3.20
Connecticut Huskies 40-22 5.77 32-34 -0.62 3.20
Villanova Wildcats 49-24 6.26 38-36 -0.12 3.19
Cal Poly SLO Mustangs 41-29 3.30 27-41 -3.04 3.17
Jacksonville St Gamecocks 31-39 -0.71 12-61 -7.04 3.17
Tulane Green Wave 29-38 -1.10 19-53 -7.40 3.15
Louisiana Monroe Warhawks 31-45 -2.80 20-55 -9.05 3.13
Seton Hall Pirates 33-36 0.51 21-51 -5.74 3.13
Duke Blue Devils 71-14 10.64 43-25 4.41 3.12
Syracuse Orange 48-17 8.00 39-29 1.81 3.10
Canisius Golden Griffins 38-41 0.92 28-59 -5.24 3.08
Texas State Bobcats 30-31 -0.02 20-46 -6.17 3.08
Austin Peay Governors 52-27 4.86 33-36 -1.25 3.06
UAB Blazers 42-25 4.88 36-30 -1.23 3.06
Northwestern St Demons 48-28 4.11 35-39 -1.99 3.05
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 44-29 1.75 27-52 -4.35 3.05
Nevada Wolf Pack 53-27 5.33 37-31 -0.76 3.05
Air Force Falcons 29-40 -3.14 15-62 -9.21 3.04
Mississippi St Bulldogs 44-28 0.38 23-48 -5.69 3.04
Binghamton Bearcats 22-33 -3.25 14-43 -9.26 3.01
Rhode Island Rams 40-23 4.43 27-35 -1.55 2.99
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 59-27 4.98 41-41 -0.98 2.98
Auburn Tigers 29-41 -2.66 12-57 -8.61 2.98
UC Riverside Highlanders 30-35 -2.45 14-55 -8.35 2.95
Manhattan Jaspers 47-36 2.22 27-54 -3.64 2.93
UMKC Kangaroos 27-36 -3.27 14-52 -9.11 2.92
Miami OH Red Hawks 44-24 2.66 25-43 -3.18 2.92
Elon University Phoenix 44-36 1.39 31-53 -4.45 2.92
Hofstra Pride 38-33 1.35 24-48 -4.46 2.91
UC Davis Aggies 28-30 -1.14 19-43 -6.94 2.90
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 61-26 6.28 38-37 0.48 2.90
Eastern Illinois Panthers 33-36 -1.14 20-51 -6.90 2.88
Drexel Dragons 47-30 3.48 34-39 -2.27 2.88
Wofford Terriers 59-28 6.11 43-40 0.39 2.86
UC Irvine Anteaters 47-20 4.33 28-44 -1.39 2.86
South Carolina Gamecocks 29-38 -3.28 14-63 -8.95 2.84
NC State Wolfpack 40-32 0.58 26-57 -5.04 2.81
Princeton Tigers 44-18 6.15 25-33 0.57 2.79
Florida International Golden Panthers 31-38 -0.58 20-52 -6.11 2.77
Santa Clara Broncos 34-36 0.14 23-51 -5.39 2.77
Pittsburgh Panthers 43-17 7.55 33-29 2.05 2.75
Towson Tigers 27-42 -2.43 22-57 -7.90 2.74
Davidson Wildcats 75-15 14.98 63-12 9.51 2.74
Liberty Flames 45-33 2.28 30-50 -3.19 2.74
Oakland Golden Grizzlies 60-11 9.37 39-24 3.90 2.74
Duquesne Dukes 28-32 0.67 21-47 -4.78 2.73
Indiana Purdue Jaguars 44-33 2.45 31-47 -2.96 2.71
St Peters Peacocks 33-44 -1.27 25-60 -6.65 2.69
Iona Gaels 61-29 7.03 38-38 1.66 2.69
Ball St Cardinals 31-36 -0.48 19-53 -5.76 2.64
San Francisco Dons 38-36 1.14 30-41 -4.14 2.64
James Madison Dukes 33-41 -0.82 23-53 -6.07 2.63
Southern Jaguars 50-31 4.44 37-45 -0.80 2.62
South Florida Bulls 22-38 -4.67 12-52 -9.84 2.59
Monmouth NJ Hawks 29-39 -1.85 18-51 -6.99 2.57
St Marys Gaels 60-13 10.58 48-25 5.44 2.57
CSU Northridge Matadors 37-32 2.01 24-41 -3.11 2.56
La Salle Explorers 32-30 1.92 27-37 -3.19 2.56
Illinois Fighting Illini 40-31 1.31 28-54 -3.79 2.55
Northwestern Wildcats 27-45 -3.90 17-60 -9.00 2.55
Navy Midshipmen 26-37 -2.08 19-46 -7.17 2.55
Eastern Kentucky Colonels 50-21 4.79 34-44 -0.27 2.53
VMI Keydets 39-31 2.26 35-43 -2.77 2.52
Northeastern Huskies 47-27 3.93 36-41 -1.09 2.51
Loyola Marymount Lions 25-43 -5.44 15-60 -10.44 2.50
California Golden Bears 52-35 2.87 40-43 -2.11 2.49
Southern California Trojans 46-38 0.21 24-63 -4.77 2.49
Cornell Big Red 38-22 4.97 31-28 0.05 2.46
Dartmouth Big Green 19-40 -5.05 10-50 -9.82 2.39
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles 61-10 9.89 41-23 5.17 2.36
Texas San Antonio Roadrunners 29-31 -0.13 28-39 -4.82 2.35
DePaul Blue Demons 18-50 -7.37 9-59 -12.04 2.34
San Diego Toreros 36-39 -0.76 25-46 -5.34 2.29
Georgetown Hoyas 54-18 6.58 37-31 2.01 2.29
Citadel Bulldogs 27-54 -3.57 25-61 -8.10 2.27
NC Greensboro Spartans 39-44 0.45 29-56 -4.07 2.26
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 58-20 7.35 50-31 2.89 2.23
Pepperdine Waves 27-39 -5.56 19-57 -10.01 2.23
Detroit Titans 33-37 1.39 26-49 -3.04 2.22
Rice Owls 18-45 -5.10 14-58 -9.49 2.20
Fairfield Stags 53-29 3.43 38-48 -0.81 2.12
Radford Highlanders 41-40 0.42 31-45 -3.75 2.09
Pennsylvania Quakers 34-26 2.05 29-29 -2.05 2.05
Brown Bears 28-31 -0.22 19-42 -4.26 2.02
Rider Broncs 53-28 3.25 45-41 -0.79 2.02
Harvard Crimson 42-16 6.10 36-25 2.18 1.96
Yale Bulldogs 40-19 3.46 33-28 -0.31 1.89
Murray St Racers 65-15 10.06 49-21 6.34 1.86
Columbia Lions 31-29 -0.12 18-41 -3.80 1.84
William Mary Tribe 36-35 -0.20 28-50 -3.79 1.80
Cal St Fullerton Titans 36-32 1.57 30-39 -1.94 1.76
South Alabama Jaguars 47-30 2.13 40-38 -1.35 1.74
Hartford Hawks 28-29 -3.56 16-37 -6.98 1.71
Charleston Cougars 60-20 6.70 47-29 3.28 1.71
Hampton Pirates 49-30 5.00 41-33 1.68 1.66
Army Black Knights 27-34 -2.31 22-47 -5.42 1.56
Quinnipiac Bobcats 50-21 5.08 41-28 2.06 1.51
Loyola Maryland Greyhounds 44-29 2.36 32-31 0.06 1.15

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