One thing I've always noticed about Duke is that it seems to take several games in larger arenas before we shoot the ball at a decent percentage. The depth perception difference from shooting in Cameron versus MSG is like shooting in a large HS gym versus outer space. As someone who never saw a shot he didn't like in HS, I always had trouble adjusting to larger venues where the lighting made the basket look like it was floating in an abyss.
Am I just trying to rationalize our shooting woes away from Cameron or is this real?
You have a point there, but despite that, we always seem to play well in the garden in December.
Cameron Crazy: 1974-1978
i've heard it said by many analysts and players as well that bigger stadiums/domes play with the focus on the basket. how many times befor ethe final four have players been interviewed and said that the spatial arrangement of the domes make it harder to shoot?
JJ at MSG, against Texas, December 2005. Seemed like he went for 80.
Having said that, I agree that it may be a little harder to shoot in a big dome (think that cursed dome in Tampa).
But if you're going pick particular games to make your case, it's not a fair test. Somebody certainly could examine our MSG games over the last decade, but even then you'd run into some bias issues, since we tend to play pretty good teams there.
Was it just me or did anyone else think there was a problem with the rim on one of the court at MSG? I have watched the replay now, and I swear the Pitt's rim in the 1st half and ours for the 2nd half and OT, seemed just slightly too high. For example, watch Lance's put-back basket at the 17:00 mark in the 2nd half, and Henderson's unsuccessful reverse dunk.
Did the thought cross anyone else's mind? Or was it just tired legs?
Before some of you go off on me, I'm not offering an excuse or suggesting a conspiracy... Just an observation that would have affected both teams almost equally.
when henderson missed that reverse dunk, i also thought the same thing. but i paused my TV and i rewinded and got a million different versions of how the rim was. and from my opinion i think it was just tired legs, the rim seemed to be the right height.
"If people set such high standards for us that 22-11 is a 'terrible' season ... then we must be pretty d*mn good the rest of the time"
- Coach K
"If you don't like the rims, don't hit the rims." And he didn't mean shoot air-balls.
Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!
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Maybe its not all the NYN head coaches' fault. Maybe only 98%.
Also I really think Cajun has a valid point. The confines of cozy Cameron and the cold openness of MSG may have affected this very young team. But they seemed to act like our football team and get soft in the second half.
I recall standing at a urinal in Tampa before the UConn game in '99 and the guy next to me commented on the depth perception problem in that arena. Turns out it was Trajan's dad. Very prescient ....