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You’ll never guess which arena is ESPN’s toughest place to win in the SEC

ESPN ranked the basketball arenas of the Southeastern Conference by which venue is the toughest on its opponents, and you’ll never in a million years guess which ranked first.

Okay. You probably guessed it. It’s Rupp Arena.

The Cats’ home floor was named toughest arena in the conference by the World Wide Leader, followed by Florida at No. 2 and then Vanderbilt.

Here’s what Jeff Goodman had to say about Rupp:

1. Kentucky Wildcats: Rupp Arena, opened in 1976

The downtown arena holds around 23,5000, and there is rarely a time when Rupp isn’t at capacity these days. The Cats have led the nation in attendance 25 times (last season included), and Kentucky has won nearly 90 percent of its games in the building. It’s a brutal place to play, especially these days, because of the rabid fan base and the talent in the program. Rupp isn’t at the level of Cameron Indoor Stadium or Allen Fieldhouse, but you can make a case for it being among the five most difficult places to play in the country.

Fun fact: Every season since Rupp opened, UK has ranked first or second in average home attendance.

You can see the entire rankings here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

6 Comments for You’ll never guess which arena is ESPN’s toughest place to win in the SEC

  1. trey
    12:34 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

    I understand why it’s the toughest place to play, but unless it’s a close game the crowd is incredibly boring. I’ve turned down tickets to many good games because of the lax atmosphere.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:46 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

      The crowd may not always be “on”, but when they truly need to be, they are the loudest on the planet. When UNC came to town in 2012, I couldn’t’ get a ticket so I watched the game downstairs at Yesterday’s. When Davis blocked that final shot. The walls and floor were vibrating from the noise even that far from the court.

  2. serdi
    1:11 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

    Memorial Coliseum was tougher than Cameron or Allen…course so many of the people on here never saw a game at Memorial prior to 1977. Best basketball venue for players and fans ever.

  3. CatFan26
    1:38 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

    He kind of mentioned it but the main reason its tough to win in Rupp is b/c you are playing a very talented Kentucky team. If Kentucky played home games in the “easiest arena” it would still be hard for other teams to beat them.

    • CatsfaninFL
      2:38 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

      Yah, winning % isn’t necessarily the only factor to how tough a place is to play. Obviously the fact we have pretty much owned the SEC for much of it’s existence helps. I think it’s easier for bad teams to win than good teams. Bad teams can catch us on an off night and crowd never seems to get into it. Game may be close for good teams, but that place will be electric all game. UK/UL this year was nuts.

  4. scorpiocard
    3:22 pm August 4, 2016 Permalink

    Kind of a slam dunk don’t you think? The SEC is a pathetic basketball league where pretty much every fan base except uk could not care less about basketball. The other teams all suck. Rupp the toughest place to play…Duh