Mac Attack 3/8/12: ESPN’s Hubert Davis calls in to talk about if it’s better for the Tarheels to lose in the ACC tournament so they can get rest, why automatic bids for the NCAA tournament should be changed to regular season champions, and how the Ryan Kelly injury will impact Duke’s ACC tournament chances.
With the ACC tournament here and the NCAA tournament just around the corner, many sports enthusiasts say it is beneficial for the teams with chances of snagging that National Championship to lose on purpose for an extra few days of rest before the ‘real’ challenges start. Davis, who played college ball for UNC, thinks this is absurd. He says he wouldn’t change the close schedule, but rather the automatic NCAA bid process.
“I don’t think [the lack of rest] affects you if you play in a conference tournament and end up winning, I don’t think it affects you in a negative or positive way…The question on the floor is, are you good enough, can you play, can you win games, can you win six games to win a National Championship? I love the ACC [and post season] tournaments. The only thing I would change is the automatic bids in the NCAA tournament should be the regular season champion versus the ACC championship. You should put more importance on the three month season instead of a three day tournament…”
Davis continued, voicing his opinions on resting up in between games, saying that players are given ample time to prepare in between tournament play. He said he would, even in his 40s, love to go back and play in those games again.
“[Resting] is overrated…if you win on Sunday, you don’t play again until Thursday or Friday. How much more rest do you need? You have a chance to compete, an opportunity to play in that atmosphere and environment…a lot of teams in the ACC won’t have the chance to play [beyond the ACC tournament]…not one time [when I played basketball at UNC during the ACC tournament] did I come back and say ‘Man, I’m tired!’…When we lost in the ACC tournament in 1989 or 1990, there was no way I came back for NCAA and say ‘Wow, I feel really REFRESHED for the NCAA tournament!’ Give me a game, I want to play, it was all about competition…if you, even at my age, gave me a chance to play [I would, and never think about resting].”