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Oh no, another Free throw thread!

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UcMiami

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I just found the games last night to be particularly noteworthy from one statistical view point. Their were 4 games involving a ranked team last night and in three them FT shooting was pretty pathetic - number in () is their FG shooting:
Oregon St: 13-22 59.1% (43.9)
UNC: 12-26 46.2% (27.6)

Wichita State: 2-2 100% (36.4)
TN: 13-22 59.1% (40.8)

Canisius: 2-7 28.6% (33.3)
Syracuse: 12-23 52.2% (30.9)

Even with Wichita shooting 100% (unfortunately only two FT) that works out to a combined 52.9% - considering that free throws are worth only 1 point, the effective percentage that represents is around 27% from 2 or 17% from 3. Hack a Shaq might in deed be a valid defensive strategy except you can foul anyone on some of these teams!

With the FG % as well I guess Debbie A had a tough night!

(At least in the last of the four games the teams did significantly better on FT.
Alcorn State: 9-12 75% (24.1)
Michigan St: 25-37 67.6% (49.0))
 
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Successful free throw shooting takes tons of repetitive practice. Donny Marshall shot in the 90 percent range, and his shot was textbook. The key- minimal motion to eliminate as many variables as possible, and lots of practice until it becomes automatic. Check out how kids shoot free throws and how consistent their motion is.
 

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UNC is now shooting 61.8% on FTs for the year.

The Tarheels actually do have a course on FT shooting in their program and all the players on the team are signed up. Unfortunately, none of the students are required to actually attend these classes, so . . . .
 
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Dobbs - That is hilarious. Got my first serious laugh of the morning.
 
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