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Post by ramblinman on Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:23 am

The guy from Virginia hits three straight free throws with less than a second left on the clock to win the game and send the Cavs to the men's NCAA championship game. The player from that school in South Bend missed her free throw with less than 2 seconds left that would have tied the women's championship game and likely sent it into overtime.

James Harden averages close to 10 points a game from made free throws alone.

The NBA average for free throws made vs attempted is around 75%. With the top free throwing players hitting roughly in the low 90s and upper 80s, that means the worst free throwers are hitting far worse than that. LeBron James is averaging 67% and Russell Westbrook is at 66%. A couple of years ago, Andre Drummond of the Pistons shot just 39% from the stripe.

Given the importance of free throws to the game, it just blows me away that professional athletes are paid tens of millions of dollars a year and they can't make at least 7 out of 10 attempts from the line.



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Post by Head Idiot on Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:15 pm

Free throws don't get butts in the seats, they don't get eyes on ESPN and they don't get clicks on the internet.

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Post by OSUBucks on Mon Apr 08, 2019 2:21 pm

Free throws had a big impact on determining the Final 4. In the Purdue/Virginia Regional final Purdue lead by 2 with :14 left in the game with a guy at the foul line ready to shoot 2 foul shots. He makes both and the game is over. He made 1 and left the door open and you know what happened.
Kentucky/Auburn in another Regional final Kentucky goes 12-21 from the line and the game goes to OT and Auburn wins. A few more makes from the foul line and Kentucky is in the Final 4. Most of their kids were HS blue chip players but can't reliably make foul shots.
Sometimes you can read a guys body language when he steps to the line. When Kyle Guy of Virginia got ready to shoot those 3 foul shots I thought he'd make all 3. He just looked calm and confident.
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Post by newcom on Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:57 pm

"Dudes" dig the long ball too!
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