Poor FT shooting will eventually doom us

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    I love this team, their grit, and depth but man o man once again we are a team of poor ft shooters. Prath is about the only consistent shooter we have and come tourney time when we are in a close game, ft's will be the difference. The team that makes them often wins. I just don't understand year after year how we can be such a poor ft shooting team. I'm sure the guys practice a lot on it, but dang...
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    How good is Chris Walker at free throw shooting?
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    Safe to say better than PY...
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    If PY could shoot FTs he might dominate because the defense wouldn't play him so tight.
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    This. It was painfully obvious that they were rushing to foul him every time he got the ball late, because he is almost and automatic miss
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    The frustrating part is that he has actually regressed since his freshman year when he wasn't a bad free throw shooter. On the other hand Prather has improved tremendously and so has WY.
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    That's from all of the three's WY must practice (he's 50% on the year.)
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    I think we just gotta take PY out of the lineup in late game situations. I know we give up rebounding but it's really hurting us to have him out there.
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    Take him out on the offensive end .. but put him in on the defensive end .. I believe that is what Donovan finally decided to do.
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    I would have Patrick shooting free throws in his sleep He appears much to stiff at the line and needs to loosen up
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    How was he 75 percent as a freshman lol. Jeez. Yea Young needs to get the ball in the bucket for sure. But our Guards needs to make their free throws. Most teams have a big man who struggles at the line. When your PG or SG is up there though those have to go in..everyone needs to improve in this regard because we could make up for Young and the Yueg if everyone else hit them.
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    Actually, that is precisely what Billy D did toward the end of the Game yesterday, when he inserted Kurtz on offense and replaced him with Young on defense.
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    I don't know how many of you remember, but ever since looking at this year's prospects last March, I have been saying "This team would be dangerous if they could shoot." Free throws are merely one aspect of shooting, and an even more important one this year with the rule changes. Of course, Kansas is a team that would be dangerous if they could shoot also. Unfortunately, Kentucky can shoot.
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    Rick Berry was an outstanding shooter from everywhere. Perhaps the historically most well-know underhanded shooter was Wilt the Stilt Chamberlain. When he was in high school, he shot about 80% from the free throw line, and his was also reasonably good when he was a lean, mean go-go machine at Kansas. However, when he added a rather incredible amount of mass in the pros, his underhanded free throw shooting dropped to roughly Patric Young's level. If I recall correctly, he even tried an overhand free throw for a while, but nothing working.
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    just for the record - it is Barry
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    I recall seeing on ESPN at the beginning of the game that Young was up to 56 or 57 percent from the line this year. And he actually made two of his first three free throws. Then he missed two at the end of the half and didn't make another one the rest of the way.

    It does seem that guys who struggle with free throws tend to let an individual miss snowball to the point where it becomes a serious problem. I know it always feels like it's crucial for Pat to make the first shot.

    Oh, and I wouldn't read too much into Patric's gaudy percentage his freshman year. He only took 37 free throws that year, as compared to 139 last year. That sample size is far too small to be meaningful.
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    eventually? Did you not watch the UConn game?
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    Not according to auto correct. ;)
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    This shouldn't just be about Patric.

    Prather 10-12
    Young 2-7
    others 8-15

    total 20-34


    Right now neither Wilbekin (50%) or Hill (71%) are anywhere near the reliability of Taurean Green or Erving Walker, who seemingly got half of their points down the stretch making free throws in close games.

    http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/men/stats.php

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