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Home court advantage was examined using archival data taken from the onset of NCAA Division I basketball record keeping. The effect of team quality on home court advantage was analyzed by examining games where number one ranked teams faced number two ranked teams. The purpose of only examining games between number one and number two ranked teams is an attempt to equalize team quality (team quality in this study is defined by national rank) to better examine home court advantage. My hypothesis is that if team quality is evenly matched then a home court advantage will not play a role in determining a victor. The results of my study lead me to support my hypothesis through examination of a chi square test. Even though my hypothesis is a null hypothesis there are still possible uses for this study. It is the first experiment I have found that examines team quality on a larger scale (national instead of conference) and is a possible study to build upon.

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