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PHOENIX -- Blaring dubstep beats and electronic music build like a massive wave barreling toward the shore, the students dropping lower and lower as Lil John shouts Higher! Higher!They hold position as the chorus of We hit turbulence! rings out, then spring into the air as if propelled by the bass drop. Carl Soderberg Jersey . The beat shifts dramatically and they start bouncing in synch with it, arms waving, streamers flying, dancing like exploding kernels in an arena-sized popcorn machine .Welcome to college basketballs biggest dance party, hosted by Grand Canyons Havocs, who are quickly making a name for themselves as one of the nations best student sections.Youve got something special here, really special, Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after experiencing the Havoc of GCU Arena on Dec. 3. Whether we go to Duke, Kentucky, nothing was as tough as that environment tonight.Once on the verge of bankruptcy, Grand Canyon turned to a for-profit model in 2004 and later decided to make mens college basketball a cornerstone for its future.The private school made a big splash by hiring former Phoenix Suns player Dan Majerle as coach, and he has pushed the program to new heights each season as it heads toward full Division I status next year.The Havocs have risen with it.They were created in 2013-14 to be the rowdiest part of the student section then known as The Monsoon (havoc being the most destructive part of the storm).It was far from devastating; the Havocs barely filled the first two rows of the three student sections the first season.Then it started to spread: a few hundred the second season, over 1,000 last season and into full mayhem this year, more than 2,000 face-painted, costume-wearing Havocs dancing and shouting at every game.Its really has transcended into this culture on campus, said Brandon Kaiser, one of the original Havoc leaders. Its become bigger than just basketball and that was one of our goals, to create a community.A growing national identity has come with it.Nearly every coach who visits GCU Arena marvels at the pregame buildup, the choreographed dances, decibels that rival a Metallica concert.Pitino had a hard time calling plays in the huddle when GCU Arena was Havocking, and San Diego State coach Steve Fisher had to ask for a timeout three times before the official heard him during a game last week.In college basketball, my 40-plus years, (that) was the toughest crowd Ive ever faced, Pitino said. Awesome.College basketball has its share of loud arenas: Dukes Cameron Indoor Stadium, Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas, Syracuses Carrier Dome, The Pit in New Mexico.None have the rave-like feel of GCU Arena when the Havocs are in full effect.In the early days, the Havocs had an intro song for running down the steps to fill their seats. Choreographed dances were added over the years, some created by Havoc leaders, others organically in the do-what-hes-doing fashion.The Havocs prepare for the show with a pregame party on the lawn outside GCU Arena, then gather behind a fence. The GCU band plays and the cheerleaders cheer to keep the Havocs entertained, then theyre released like a horse race that starts slow and turns into a sprint despite ushers shouting no running!Once in their seats, the Havocs are in full party mode, dancing to whatever song comes from the turned-up-a-couple-extra-notches loudspeakers.The choreography starts with the Purple Pre Game Party, when the students wave their arms above their heads like 2,000 rubber-antlered antelopes -- the team mascot -- to Vengaboys We Like to Party!The hype builds with the spring-loaded Turbulence and the intimidation factor ratchets up for opposing team introductions, when the Havocs bounce and point at the players to Springen by MAKJ.Another opportunity to get their groove on -- as if they need one -- comes at the under-12-minute media timeout, when a remix version of DHTs Listen to Your Heart blares across the arena and turns on the popcorn maker again.Theres not too many places like this in the country, Grand Canyon senior guard DeWayne Russell said. Every game, no matter who we play, they bring the energy. It pumps us up so much; we know every game theyre going to be rockin it.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 Mikko Rantanen Jersey . Only three players drafted by NHL clubs were included on the Czech selection camp roster on Wednesday. Those players were Dallas Stars 2012 first-rounder Radek Faksa, Winnipeg Jets 2013 fourth-rounder Jan Kostalek and Phoenix Coyotes 2012 seventh-rounder Marek Langhamer. Joe Sakic Jersey . LOUIS -- St. http://www.authenticavalancheshopnhl.com/mark-barberio-jersey/ .Y. -- Marcell Dareus and the Buffalo Bills defence made life miserable for Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco. LONDON -- After practicing sparingly throughout the week, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who has been dealing with a hip injury, expects to play Sunday afternoon at Twickenham Stadium against the Rams.The Giants listed him a probable for the contest, even though probable isnt a designation any longer.?The Giants landed in London on Friday morning.I feel good. I feel better, Beckham said, after missing practice Wednesday and being a limited participant Thursday.?Traveling probably doesnt help as much, he said, but I feel better on that end. Definitely feel better than [Thursday].Beckham was injured in the first half Sunday of a win over the Baltimore Ravens. He returned and had 211 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, including the game-winning score. There is little doubt hell be ready for the Rams.Not so much, Beckham said about any chance of missing the contest. I think once you get there and you feel the atmosphere ... last week I made it through by the grace of God. His giving me the strength and then also it was the atmosphere that youre in, the adrenalline rush you get, it will make the pain and nagging of it kind of go way in a sense. Jonathan Bernier Jersey. opefully there will be a lot more of that and Ill be ready for Sunday.The Giants have a bye the following week during which he can rest up.Cornerback Eli Apple (groin), running back Rashad Jennings (wrist), defensive end Olivier Vernon (wrist), linebacker Keenan Robinson (ankle) and cornerback Trevin Wade (ankle) were also listed as probable. They are all expected to play.Long snapper Zak DeOssie (ankle) is the biggest question mark.The Giants signed long snapper Tyler Ott to the practice squad earlier this week. He spent the summer with the team.Right tackle Marshall Newhouse (calf) and safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot) were ruled out.The Giants also have to make a roster move. Theyre set to sign veteran kicker Robbie Gould to replace Josh Brown.Brown was left home after documents in which he admits domestic violence were made public. Wholesale Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys 2018Wholesale Jerseys From China ' ' '