B1G Hoops Notebook: Hardwood Makeover

Written April 18th, 2013 by Joe Dexter


The transfers are out, coaches are making suggestions to improve the college game, and the hardwood is becoming “painted wood that you play basketball on.” There is a lot of news and commentary to get to this Thursday. Let’s hit the listeners with a frickin’ FUNKY BOOM. Here is your weekly Notebook jam — We gettin’ funky with Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears today!


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Everybody is getting into the the hardwood makeover! We should expect one at Minnesota in the next few years with renovations expected to their basketball facilities. This season, we saw a new floor at Value City Arena with renovations taking place at the Schott. In 2011, Northwestern, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue made changes to their home floors.

This year, it’s Nebraska — who unveils the brand new Pinnacle Bank Arena next season, has made some drastic improvements.  First and foremost, they have shrunk the block N at mid-court to respectability. They have have also added an outline of the state of Nebraska, with a star on the city of Lincoln — the home of Nebraskatball, and the capital of the state.  Nebraska’s design also has a nice finish around the wings and top of the key, and around the perimeter. In fact, It looks like they got their floor plans from a very solid program. Truth is it looks tons better than the original design, and doesn’t go way overboard. Just because your campus isn’t on the beach FIU, doesn’t mean you have to bring the beach to the university.

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