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A look from above of the Georgia Dome
For some reason, whether it be the pressure of playing in front of 60,000 more people than usual or the open space in the dome, teams just don’t tend to shoot as well in domes. Research suggests that team effective field-goal percentages are slightly less in dome Final Fours.
However, we watched teams shoot the lights out over the last weekend. I’ve come to the consensus that it affects all players differently.
According to KSR College, who conducted research on shooting in domes, there is evidence to suggest playing in such a large arena greatly alters field goal percentage. However, the Final Four burdens players with the most pressure they will encounter in their college basketball careers, and this can also be an explanation for higher volumes of missed free throws.
It is very difficult to isolate what factors into these missed shot attempts, as there are several variables.