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More Three-Point Struggles

I’m keeping a close eye on three-point shooting early in the college basketball season, and I’ll post some thoughts here until we get our new college basketball blog/bracketology site up and running in the near future.

Yes, it’s only one game. And I understand that IUPUI’s best shooter, Gary Patterson (not the TCU coach), did not play because of injury and that the team is very young this season. But IUPUI was ranked first nationally in three-point shooting percentage last season, making 42.3 percent of its shots beyond the old arc. In yesterday’s 73-60 loss to Northeastern, Ron Hunter’s team made just 2 of 17 three-pointers (11.8%) in an empty Crisler Arena.

I figured the longer line would help mid-majors a little more because they usually have a stockpile of very good shooters capable of making very long-distance threes. We will see if that’s the case.

Of the eight Division I teams that played last night, three shot better than 33 percent from three-point range. Duke (42.1 percent) and UMass (44.4 percent) actually shot pretty well.

Okay, back to football and the ACC teleconference …

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 12, 2008; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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