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The Problem & A Solution for away game shooting issues (IMO)

The Buffs shoot terrible in away games (among other problems) but I'll only address the shooting slumps the Buffs experience away from home. You might think it comes down to the ball which requires a PSI between 12.5 and 13.5, must weigh between 14-15 ounces, and have a circumference of 29.5 inches. Their is no required brand in the NCAA. Officials check all balls prior to the game and no changes can be made afterwards. Yes, the ball bounces somewhat firmer at 13.5 PSI than at 12.5 PSI, but IMO it comes down to firmness of the rims in away games versus what the Buffs are used to in practices and home games (assuming the Buffs like soft rims). We've all seen games where 3-point shots amazingly stay around the rim and other games where 3-point shots carom wildly away from the basket.

NCAA mandates rebound elasticity of 35-50 percent energy absorption and that is a relatively wide range that easily affects shots. The higher the elasticity number (50) the softer the rim and more "friendly" it is for outside shooters. The lower the elasticity number (35) the harder the rim is and outside shots will rebound harder and be less likely to stay on the rim and fall through. So if you are an outside shooting team you want the softest allowable rims (50). If your an inside the paint shooting and dunking team you want harder rims (35) which will frustrate visiting teams that rely on outside shooting (Buffs).

The NCAA says the rims in each Division I arena must be tested every preseason during a three-month stretch from mid-July to mid-October — and again if a school is hosting a postseason event. Is it likely that some coaches adjust rims according to his team's shooting style or in opposition to his opponent's shooting style? Read the attached article to see just how much the rims are used psychologically by coaches.

My suggestion to TB is to tighten his practice court rims and his arena rims to 35%. When playing away on tight rims you're used to it and playing anywhere on soft rims is a bonus. Of course he could have the arena rims adjusted to work against an opponent's style, as I found no indication that rims can't be adjusted after being tested before the season. Bottom line practice and play on firm rims then be happy when you encounter softer rims.

[Post edited by WoodbadgeBuff at 01/07/2019 2:17PM]

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The Problem & A Solution for away game shooting issues (IMO) -- WoodbadgeBuff 01/07/2019 2:04PM
  I think we should use a smaller ball. ** -- BuffaloMoe 01/08/2019 01:08AM
  Or a Buffs team of all-time greats ** -- WinningLeadership 01/09/2019 03:05AM
  Well researched post--but it ain't the rims. ** -- buffaloaded 01/07/2019 9:10PM
  Worth a try - nothing else seems to work ;-Q ** -- Heneesee 01/07/2019 4:43PM
  Good info and thoughtful analysis -- Sierrabuff 01/07/2019 4:37PM