Hubert Davis, Brady Manek downplay the impact of playing in a dome
North Carolina and Duke will play in the Superdome in New Orleans on Saturday night in the Final Four.
Historically, cavernous domes have had an impact on shooting percentages when players aren’t adjusted to the depth of the arena. However, North Carolina coach Hubert Davis and sharpshooter Brady Manek both downplayed any possible impact from the venue.
Davis has personal experience as a player. He scored 25 points in a 1991 Final Four game at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
“I haven’t talked to them one second about the sight lines or the depth perception or shooting the ball in a dome,” Davis said. “When I was a player, I didn’t think about it either. I just wanted to shoot. And it’s just a non-factor to me.”
North Carolina has plenty of good history in the Superdome, too. The Tar Heels have won two National Championships in this building — 1982 and 1993 under coach Dean Smith.
Davis reiterated that the unusual sight lines won’t have an impact on UNC’s offensive approach.
“Brady is going to shoot,” Davis said. “Armando is going to shoot. It’s the same way at the Smith Center. They shoot it the right way, it’s going to go in. If we miss it, we’re going to get the offensive rebound. If we miss the offensive rebound, we’re going to get fouled and go to the free-throw line.
“I feel very confident about our shooting in the Superdome.”
Manek echoed those thoughts and drew a parallel to shooting outside and having to deal with wind and other factors.
“If you never shot outside the driveway with the wind blowing and you miss it and it rolls down the street, you haven’t really shot a basketball,” Manek said. “So I don’t think it will be too big of a problem for us. I’m just excited to get going.”
North Carolina and Duke will tip off shortly after Villanova-Kansas on Saturday night.