What a difference the lights make, right?
There are certain gyms in my area I just know I don't want to shoot in. Others that I know are ideal. Watch the teams you need to shoot and see where they go.
Unfortunately, the one college I shoot for has the absolute worst lights I've encountered. The SID leans on me a bit to get photos of the teams at home, but I keep looking for the away games that are nearby.
It's easier to travel to the game than to try to color correct the photos in the wonky lighting.