Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

(Credit: Yahoo Sports)

As we all know North Carolina basketball will be part of this year’s Maui Invitational, but what you might not know is that the Tar Heels will be playing on a court that will resemble the aloha state before the team makes the flight to the 50th state. Just before head coach Roy Williams and his squad head to play in the tournament they will stop in California to play against Long Beach State, and there they will play on the wild looking court that is shown above.

Not too sure how I feel about this court, but one thing is certain, the squad will not play on a wilder looking court this season (or maybe ever), and that alone makes this whole thing intriguing or weird or both. To be noted I am not a fan of courts that have lines for other sports, like this one has for volleyball, but that is another story for another day. As most that follow North Carolina basketball know coach Williams has never been a fan of the “NCAA” signs placed on the basketball courts during March Madness, but that is because he feels the players can slip and get hurt. This is not the case for these hardwoods, but you have to wonder if for teams that only play on it once one of their players could get confused by the design (to go along with the other lines). Guess the good thing is that this game has nothing to do with “Harry Potter” or those palm trees might just stand up and set picks for the home team or trip one of the opponents as they have a break away basket.

I will end with this, after having looked at the court it took me a bit to see that the baskets were not shown in the picture and that there is some sort of animal on it, which tells you that the tree really do catch your eye. I have heard/read many times that some players have a hard time playing in domes, and as much I have to wonder if anyone will have a hard time with this court. Of course course the comparison between a dome and how a court looks is a bit like apples and oranges, except for one thing, most so called experts also say that players have a hard time shooting in those venues cause they do not do it often. I doubt, with the exception of Long Beach State, any team will play on a court like this one often.

In a season where both the fan base and the ABC’ers/haters are waiting to see what the 2012-13 campaign will bring for North Carolina basketball having to play a game on the court is going to be just another story line. I can not wait for this game to hear what both coach Williams and the players will have to say about it, and of course because it will mean that the hardwoods season is back in Chapel Hill. For all Carolina basketball and/or football information make sure you come back often to isportsweb!

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Report: Angels, Rangers talking Josh Hamilton trade

Roger Goodell calls both Los Angeles stadium plans 'viable'

Five-star hoops star Malik Newman commits to Miss State

Crabtree on joining Raiders: 'Ain't got nothing to lose'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Hardy gets in 'verbal altercation' with teammate

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

Report: Chris Sale wanted to fight Yordano Ventura

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Eagles VP Ed Marynowitz says he's not Chip Kelly's 'yes man'

Jonathan Papelbon wants out of Philadelphia

5 most boring NFL prime time matchups for 2015

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

Calipari’s new project: Create virtual reality experience for fans

Maurice Jones-Drew will retire with the Jaguars on Tuesday

Ovechkin jokes about taking a chair from Nassau Coliseum

Uniform colors have already been picked for Vegas NHL team

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

Ventura, Royals need to simmer down before someone gets hurt

The Mets and their weak opponents

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

The Ultimate All-Living MLB Team

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

5 boring NFL prime time matchups

Bruce Jenner: "For all intents and purposes, I am a woman"

Jameis Winston vs. Marcus Mariota: Perception vs. reality

Report: Gronk dating former Patriots cheerleader

NFL exec compares Jameis Winson to JaMarcus Russell

NFL does not care about Rams' future in St. Louis

Nothing gleams like late-round draft gold

The Ultimate All-Living MLB Team

Dubs wanted to gain momentum for Game 4 ... then won

Teams who need to ace the NFL Draft

10 bold predictions for the NFL Draft

Ten things you need to know about Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.