In 4 conference games on 1/13, the home teams went 4-0.
This brings the total so far to an advantage of 13-3 for home teams.
I don't know what the numbers are in a typical season, but this early trend seems pretty strong.
Overall parity? Young teams that play much better at home?
Using Pomeroy's rankings (for games through 1/13) 7 of those 13 home wins have been by the lower ranked team.
(79) Boston College over (36) Miami
(26) Georgia Tech over (1) Duke
(30) Maryland over (25) Florida State
(47) carolina over (46) Virginia Tech
(38) Wake Forest over (30) Maryland
(46) Virginia Tech over (36) Miami
(55) Virginia over (26) Georgia Tech
I don't know the answer to your question about the cause of this home court advantage but it could be interesting to watch the rest of the season.
Just be you. You is enough. - K, 4/5/10, 0:13.8 to play, 60-59 Duke.
You're all jealous hypocrites. - Titus on Laettner
You see those guys? Animals. They're animals. - SIU Coach Chris Lowery, on Duke
So far, home teams have won 13 of 16 ACC games -- that's 81.3 percent.
It's early, but that would be the highest win total for home teams in ACC history. The current record is 75.0 percent -- set in 1980. Since that season, the home teams have only been over 70 percent once (73.0 in 2003). Usually, the home teams win between 60 and 65 percent of the games. The lowest home win total in ACC histort came in 1955 (the first year the league played a full round-robin schedule) when home teams were a mere 29-26 (52.7 percent).
Interesting that all three of the ACC road wins/home losses so far have involved N.C. State or Florida State. The Pack lost to Virginia at home, but beat FSU in Tallahassee. The 'Noles lost to State at home, but beat Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
The home road bias this seson shows up in more than conference games. Look at UNC, which is 11-0 at home; 0-4 on the road; 1-1 on neutral courts. Duke is, of course, 10-0 at home, 0-2 on the road and 4-0 on neutral courts.
Let's see -- overall, the ACC is 101-12 at home (89.4 percent); 21-24 on the road (46.7 percent); 23-9 (71.9 percent) on neutral floors.
It's not just an ACC phenomena -- going into last night's games, the Big 12 was an incredible 114-1 in home games.
It's going to be interesting to see if this trend continues.