25. Kansas State — Bramlage Coliseum
Kicking off the list is a program on a bit of a downturn, but must be mentioned nonetheless. For years, the Wildcats held serve at Bramlage Coliseum as one of the toughest home teams in the nation. Bruce Weber’s club is coming off a dismal year which saw the Wildcats finish second-to-last in the Big 12. A 6-12 record at home marked the first time Kansas State finished with a losing home record since opening the stadium in 1998. However, 2021 may have just been a blip. From ’04-19, Kansas State went 209-53 (80.5-percent) and were routinely among the best teams in the country. It’s only matter of time until the Wildcats have Bramlage rocking once again.
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24. Louisville — KFC Yum! Center
Moving to the ACC hasn’t been the easiest transition for the Cardinals, but they’ve maintained a raucous home-court environment. Chris Mack’s group was dominant at home during the shortened 2020 season. Louisville won 17-of-18 at the Yum, including notching statement victories over Michigan, Virginia, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. The program has taken a bit of a hit due to the NCAA sanctions they received, but are a team to look out for in 2022. Once Louisville regains momentum nationally, the Yum will be loud and filled with the energy of 22,000 screaming Cardinal fans.
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