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In a nutshell, from a player's perspective, what are the biggest and most legit reasons that it's harder to win on the road in basketball? I know all the cliched reasons, but do you guys really get affected by clowns like me in the fifth row waving a giant Scheyer face? Is it because you didn't wake up in your own bed, or are in a strange locker room, etc. ?
This post was edited by Jersyterrafirma 13 months ago
Or refs favoring the home team.
those last two travel calls on Dez were horrific. Not that he wasn't going to turn it over anyway, but how do you travel without the ball?
Familiar shooting background is huge. You go on the road and shoot and the basket can seem a lot further. Refs are easily influenced by crowds. There's probably a bit of an embarassment factor of losing at home in front of friends and family. More likely to sustain effort.
It's definitely this.
On a slightly more technical level, I'd also go with two more technical things, the ball and the court.
Starting with the court, the ball bounces differently on each floor in each arena, it's a very slight feel thing, probably the least effective of all the differences and nuances in terms of changing the game.
The ball is probably the biggest factor. Some tournaments use "The Rock," we, like most ACC teams used to use a Nike ball, we now use an UA ball. For reasons beyond my knowledge (probably licensing), the balls are not uniform (I'm aware of the innuendo anyone can pick up on).
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