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SBN Reacts: Has COVID Affected Home Court Advantage?

Knight fans are split

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NCAA Basketball: Houston at Central Florida
Houston fans weren’t really into their game with the Knights last week
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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in UCF Knights fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

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.

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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