Statistics, Department of


First Advisor

Walt Stroup

Second Advisor

Tucker Zeleny

Third Advisor

Kent Eskridge

Date of this Version

Spring 4-17-2020

Document Type



A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science, Major: Statistics, Under the Supervision of Professor Walt Stroup. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2020

Copyright 2020 Erin I. O’Donnell


The home advantage is a commonly accepted truth throughout sports performances. This paper investigates the magnitude of the home advantage among NCAA Men’s Basketball teams. It will then look to draw relationships between the magnitude of the home advantage and community aspects such as attendance, location, past program success, and social media presence. Univariate and Multivariate models will be investigated.

Advisor: Walter S Stroup