Charity stripe generous to Delaney
Malcolm Delaney is a deadly shooter. But one of his biggest assets is his ability to get to the free-throw line.
Delaney, a junior guard, has been to the line more often than any player in the ACC who ranks in the top 10 for free throw percentage. He has made 105 of 126 (83.3) free-throw attempts.
"He gets fouled a lot," Miami Coach Frank Haith said in a recent teleconference. "You watch in the games he's had major numbers, you look at how many times he's gone to the line. When they run their ball-screen offense, you don't want him to have free range so you hard hedge and he plows into that hard hedger and creates a lot of contact. He does get in the paint area."
Delaney, who leads the ACC with 19.5 points per game, has been drawing those type of fouls with more regularity in conference games.
Delaney made 12 of 14 free throws in a loss at North Carolina on Jan. 10 and 14 of 16 in a win over Miami on Jan. 13. He scored more than 25 points in each of those games. Delaney made 8 of 12 free throws in a loss at Florida State on Jan. 16.
In a win over Boston College on Saturday, Delaney only got to the free-throw line five times (3 of 5) and struggled to score. He had an uncharacteristically off-night shooting (4 of 15) and scored only 13 points. Like Haith suggested, in the games when Delaney has scored a lot of points, he has also frequently been to the free-throw line.
Virginia Tech (15-3, 2-2) takes on Virginia (12-5, 3-1) on Thursday night in Charlottesville.
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