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ESPN ranks Illinois' State Farm Center as the No. 7 toughest place to win in the Big Ten

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Once upon a time, Illinois basketball had one of the most intimidating home-court environments in all of college basketball. Fast-forward to 2016, and where does the State Farm Center rank amongst other schools in the conference? According to ESPN, the arena is only offering Illinois with a middle-of-the-pack advantage. Big Ten writer Eamonn Brennan recently ranked every venue in the league, and the Fighting Illini checked in at No. 7 on list.

At peak intimidation I think State Farm Center would be right up there with Wisconsin's Kohl Center (No. 3), but fans haven't been able to consistently achieve that level for about a decade because the teams have been so mediocre.

Overall, though, I think this list is pretty accurate; it's hard to argue with the top five spots, in particular. What's your take on ESPN's rankings? Let us know down in the comments.

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