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Final Four numbers crunch: NRG Stadium hasn’t been kind to shooters

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield shoots during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Houston.
Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield shoots during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Houston. The Associated Press

Oklahoma is one of the nation’s best three-point shooting teams. Villanova is no slouch, either.

Their numbers don’t lie, but neither do NRG Stadium’s, site of the Final Four. That’s where the Sooners and Wildcats will play their national semifinal game Saturday and also where a lot of three-point shots have just not gone in the basket. North Carolina faces Syracuse in the other semifinal.

There have been six NCAA Tournament games played in the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, but sizable crowds of 70,000-plus have seen misses at unusual rates for big-time college basketball. Some numbers to ponder:

1: Team that has shot three-pointers better than 33 percent playing at NRG – Duke last year – at 42.1 percent.

4: Approximately the number of points lower Las Vegas bookmakers have set the over-unders for today’s games at NRG.

18.8: Butler’s field-goal percentage in a 54-41 loss to Connecticut at NRG in the 2011 national title game, the worst showing in an NCAA championship game since 1941.

27.6: Percentage of three-pointers made by 12 teams combined in six games – the 2011 Final Four and the 2015 South Regional – at NRG.

32.1: Three-point percentage by North Carolina, coming into the Final Four.

34: Field-goal percentage by No. 1 UCLA in its 71-69 loss to No. 2 Houston in a historic 1968 regular-season game at the Astrodome.

34.5: Three-point percentage by North Carolina’s Marcus Paige this season.

35.4: Three-point percentage by Villanova, coming into the Final Four.

36.1: Three-point percentage by Syracuse, coming into the Final Four.

38.2: Three-point percentage by Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono this season.

39.9: Three-point percentage by Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije this season.

42.8: Three-point percentage by Oklahoma, second in the nation, coming into the Final Four.

46.5: Three-point percentage by Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield this season.

2021: Year through which the Final Four is scheduled to be played in football-sized domes.

The New York Times contributed to this report.

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