With an injury, UNC basketball standout Armando Bacot was forced to leave the national championship game late. Was it, however, the Superdome’s floor that was to blame?
Armando Bacot was a dominant force for the North Carolina Tar Heels this season, tied for the most double-doubles in a single season in college basketball history. That trend continued in the national championship game versus Kansas.
Unfortunately, with the game on the line following a spectacular Jayhawks comeback, Bacot was attempting to drive to the rim when he rolled the same ankle that he rolled against Duke, throwing him to the ground in pain and forcing him to leave the game.
It was heartbreaking to watch a player of his stature and influence depart the field. And it turns out that the injury was caused by the makeshift court at the Caesars Superdome.
Armando Bacot’s ankle injury: Was it caused by the Superdome court?
One observant Twitter user saw that when Bacot set his right foot on the floor, one of the court’s boards shifted, forcing the ankle to roll and, as a result, causing the injury that pulled him out of action at the game’s most vital moments.
If you believe that’s a one-off occurrence, consider this: while UNC attempted a miraculous buzzer-beater to force OT on an inbounds play, Brady Maneky seemed to get tripped up in the same location of the court when there was no need for it.
Is it the floor that forced Bacot to exit the game? The video footage indicates that there may be nothing worth investigating further. In any event, it should provide something to rage about for UNC fans once they’ve processed the sorrow of their team’s heartbreaking title game loss.