Surprised to see Allen Fieldhouse at No. 1? You shouldn't be. Not only is it home to the longest current winning streak in college basketball (59 games), but Bill Self is 113-6 at the Phog in his seven seasons as coach.
Simply put, it is the perfect combo of dimension, students-to-court proximity and low-absorption materials.
As ESPN points out, the lack of padding on the bleachers and no sound boards in the ceiling make the sound bounce around even louder. About a quarter of the arena is the student section and they're close to the action making it even more difficult to play.
A 59-game winning streak there -- as well as Bill Self's 113-6 record there -- are evidence of how hard it is to win in Lawrence, Kan.
Don't worry, Kansas State. You're on there, too, at No. 7 in the loudest arenas.
Kansas State should get bonus points for dedicating so much of Bramlage's real estate to its campus kids: The 4,000-seat student section is tied with Rupp Arena for biggest in our Top 10, even though the building's overall capacity is barely half that of Kentucky's. Too bad the cellulose-laden ceiling at the Octagon sucks up a lot of the students' good, hard work.
Kansas houses over 16,000 with 4,000 in the student section. K-State is at just over 12,000 and houses 4,000 students as well.