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Over a two-week span, were answering the following question for college basketballs 10 best conferences: Which venue in each conference is the toughest place to play? A number of factors, not just capacity and attendance, could affect a venues placement in the order. Where does your school fall?Yes, we all know Kansas Allen Fieldhouse is No. 1. No debate there. But the other slots in the top five are debatable. Some the leagues best spots in the past -- were talking to you, Kansas State and Oklahoma State fans -- havent lived up to the hype in recent years because of some of the challenges on the court. So feel free to disagree.10. TCU Horned Frogs: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena, opened in 1961 Last years $72-million overhaul converted the former Daniel-Meyer Coliseum into a modern edifice that features the attractive amenities that lured former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon back to his alma mater this offseason: improved courtside seating; wider concourses; and a fan-first redesign that enhanced the in-game experience. Dont judge the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena -- with a seating capacity of 6,800 -- just by its current ranking here. Consider its potential. If Dixon recruits top talent, the 5,314 average attendance in 2015-16 will soar in the coming years and elevate the atmosphere in this building.Fun fact: Before the completion of last years renovation, a group of TCU boosters and officials visited Wichita States Charles Koch Arena. Thats where they came up with their vision to add premium seating positioned closer to the court.9. Baylor Bears: Ferrell Center, opened in 1988 Coach Scott Drews program is blessed with a state-of-the-art practice facility that features video game consoles in every locker stall and a theater so close to the teams lockers that they can turn around on their stools and watch game film on the large screen. Thats what you need to compete with the top dogs in college basketball. But the Ferrell Center (capacity of 10,284) lacks a comparable vibe, although school officials continue to add new trinkets. An average crowd of 6,410 showed up last season to watch a Baylor squad that finished 4-5 in conference play at home. Thats not great and probably a contributing factor in Baylors 66 percent home-win mark (No. 195 in Division I, according to rpiratings.com).Fun fact: The Ferrell Centers gold dome weighs nearly 175 tons.8. Texas Tech Red Raiders: United Supermarkets Arena, opened in 1999The nasty confrontation between former Oklahoma State star?Marcus Smart?and a Texas Tech fan in 2014 was?an unfortunate conclusion to a game that displayed the vociferous crowd calamity thats possible at United Supermarkets Arena. The Big 12s coaches dont like this trip. Last year, Texas Tech won six of its nine Big 12 home games and reached the NCAA tournament, as coach Tubby Smith assembled his best talent pool. The next step? Filling up the building. The Red Raiders averaged just over 8,000 fans last season in a building that holds 15,000.Fun fact: Texas Tech boasts two mascots: the Masked Rider, who rides a horse, and the Red Raider. The school employs two mascots because a rule in the 1970s in the old Southwest Conference prevented teams from using live animals during road games.7. Kansas State Wildcats: Bramlage Coliseum, opened in 1988 In 2015, Kansas State fan Nathan Power bumped former Kansas forward?Jamari Traylor?during a court storming?in Manhattan that followed an upset win over the Jayhawks. Power was cited for disorderly conduct after an incident that demonstrated the level of emotion that fills Bramlage Coliseum (capacity of 12,528). The average crowd last season was 11,902, and the Wildcats faithful supported a Kansas State team that finished 5-13 in the Big 12 and 4-5 at home during conference play. Its a tough venue, but the talent on the floor has decreased in recent years. Yet that doesnt change the challenges. Its just a crazy atmosphere, Traylor said prior to last years Kansas-Kansas State game. Its always tough in there, because they play so hard; and because of the rivalry, they want to win. And we want to win too, so weve just gotta go out there and be focused.Fun fact: The infamous Kansas State court storming incident of 2015 produced a rare official statement from a fan. From Nathan Power after the game: Following the basketball game, I simply let my emotions get the best of me in all of the chaos. In my excitement, I was not careful of the people I was around. I am sorry that I made the KU basketball team -- Jamari Traylor, in particular -- feel disrespected. By no means can I change what took place, but in the future, I will be aware of how emotions can impact good judgment.6. Texas Longhorns: Frank Erwin Center, opened in 1977 Texas has won nearly 81 percent of its home games at the Frank Erwin Center. Thats the 33rd-best home-court advantage in the country. And second-year coach Shaka Smart has added the energetic figure and style that will continue to boost the vibe in the building. The difference between the mood during Texas home games in 2014-15 (Longhorns fans who gently cheered as if they were watching the 13th hole of the first-round in a European Tour event) and its home win over North Carolina in 2015-16 a few months later (wild Texas fans harassed?Marcus Paige?and his teammates?every time they touched the ball and shaking the building on?Javan Felixs buzzer-beater to win?the game) was vast. Texas fans are ready to restore the feel in this building that lost so much fire that the school recently hired an NBA consultant and a deejay to enhance the environment. Theyre moving in the right direction.Fun fact: DJ Mel is the official deejay for mens basketball at Texas. He was inducted in the Austin Music Hall of Fame in 2014.5. Oklahoma State Cowboys: Gallagher-Iba Arena, opened in 1938 Multiple renovations -- including a $56 million project that doubled capacity to 13,611 -- have changed this building from its original form in 1938. But it has always maintained its reputation as a hostile, unwelcoming environment for opponents. Even in tough times -- last years team finished 3-6 in Big 12 play and competed in front on an average crowd of 5,857 -- its still a challenging venue. Its built to make opponents feel like the crowd is sitting in their laps. The students sit close enough to hear whats happening in a foes huddle during timeouts. But the talent has been missing. Thats the problem here. The intimidation is only present when the players match the environment. And that hasnt been the case in recent years at Oklahoma State. They have won, however, 78 percent of their home matchups since the arena opened.Fun fact: The Cowboys play on the original white maple surface that was installed when the building was erected in 1938.4. Oklahoma Sooners: Lloyd Noble Center, opened in 1975 The Buddy Hield era showcased that perfect combination of rabid supporters and a great on-court product. The Sooners averaged 10,000 fans last season, good for No. 43 in attendance in the country. After Hields tip-in sealed a win over Kansas in the 2014-15 season, he jumped onto press row and basked in the chaos. Sooners fans didnt storm the court. Instead, the team went into the student section. Thats Oklahoma basketball. Coach Lon Krugers squads have helped the program extend its record of success at Lloyd Noble Center, where the Sooners have won 85 percent of their home games. They finished 8-1 in Big 12 play there last season.Fun fact: Oklahoma fan Toby Keith performed Cryin for Me in 2010 at the Lloyd Noble Center as part of a tribute concert for Wayman Tisdale, the former Oklahoma star who died of cancer at age 44.3. Iowa State Cyclones: Hilton Coliseum, opened in 1971In 2013, Iowa State surrendered a late lead in a loss to Kansas at Hilton Coliseum. After the game, police had to restrain a fan who charged Kansas coach Bill Self. This wasnt a college kid. This was a grown man. He was in his 50s. Thats not a typical reaction from Iowa State fans. But it showed the passion. Hilton Magic isnt just a slogan. Its a feeling. When the Cyclones are soaring, its as if everyone in the building is screaming at the same pitch and cheering on a rehearsed cadence. They dont just love their Cyclones. They believe in them. And the rumble that faith yields in Hilton Coliseum is unique. Oh, and there were an average of 14,270 of them in 2015-16. That crowd would put the Cyclones at 29th in attendance ... in the NBA, as the?Minnesota Timberwolves (14,175) and Denver Nuggets?(14,095) produced smaller numbers last season.Fun fact: What did former coach and Iowa State star Fred Hoiberg say he would miss most about Hilton Coliseum after he accepted the?Chicago Bulls?job? It smelled the same as when I came here, he said on the day of his final Iowa State press conference. It still kind of has that popcorn aroma going through this building, and it had it again today. Thats something that Ill miss a lot.2. West Virginia Mountaineers: WVU Coliseum, opened in 1970 So youre on your way to the West Virginia campus for a basketball game. Youre not looking forward to the Press Virginia attack that forced turnovers on 25 percent -- 25 percent! -- of its opponents possessions in 2015-16. But thats not the first concern. First, you have to get to Morgantown. Your team charter cant squeeze into the Morgantown airport, so youre probably going to fly into Pittsburgh or even Bridgeport, West Virginia, and drive to campus. Now youre in Morgantown, but you cant get to the arena because your bus is stuck in a snowstorm. So you arrive late. But the 10,000-plus fans at WVU Coliseum are waiting for you. And their mascot is a real dude with a gun and a Davy Crockett fur cap. You dont want to go to WVU Coliseum. You just want to get out of there.Fun fact: Before the Mountaineers joined the Big 12, school officials and supporters had to publicly contest the idea that the schools location and remoteness should prevent its inclusion. WVU Coliseum is more than 1,400 miles from Texas Tech.1. Kansas Jayhawks: Allen Fieldhouse, opened in 1955 Its like youre in a washing machine. The smartphone videos from KUs come-from-behind win over Missouri at the Phog in 2012 all capture the moment?Thomas Robinson?blocked Phil Presseys shot at end of?the regulation. Its just a bunch of frenzied Kansas fans twirling their phones and heaving their bodies at one another in the improbable moment. Missouri had a 19-point lead in the second half. But Jayhawks fans kept their team alive. We all know the Phog is one of the most difficult venues for visitors in America. Coach Bill Self has lost just nine games there. But theres more to it. Opposing players, coaches and fans understand the Phogs place in basketball history. So theres a reverence attached to the venue too. After Buddy Hield scored 46 points in a triple-overtime loss at Kansas last season, some Jayhawks fans stuck around and gave him a standing ovation following his postgame TV interview. What do you do with that? They Kansas faithful are the kings of the Big 12. They sell out every game. They try to drown you in their boos for 40 minutes. And yet, they appreciate the game, so theyre not afraid to applaud an opponent who puts on a show. Its like the big brother who hugs you and says, Are you good? after he puts you in a headlock. Thats the Allen Fieldhouse experience.Fun fact: Wilt Chamberlain, an Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas legend, was nicknamed Dip by his family because he had a hard time moving through doorways without bumping his head. Marquinhos Paris Saint-Germain Jersey .25 million option on reliever Jose Veras. Julian Draxler Jersey . 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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Members of the Band Perry say theyre taking precautions as they prepare to travel to Brazil for the Summer Olympics, due to the concerns about the Zika virus.The sibling groups pop-influenced song Live Forever was chosen as Team USAs official song, and theyre heading to Rio de Janeiro to perform on television and also for the athletes. The opening ceremony will be held Friday.Neil Perry said he isnt worried, but said his brother Reid and sister Kimberly were nervous about the trip. Brazil has had an outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted Zika, which has been linked to brain-related birth defects, but health officials say the risk is low. Several athletes and journalists have decided not to attend the Olympics because of the health risk.I think its definitely been hyped, so we are going to take some precautions and perform in Saran Wrap, Kimberly Perry joked. So we should be good. 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