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Just a couple of random stats and observations about perhaps the most sore subject on this board:
Apparently, Duke made 407 three-pointers the last time they won a national championship. Last season, their worst in many years, they made 198, a low water mark under Coach K.
Xavier is shooting 40.7% (27th in the nation) from behind the arc this season as a team. In their last 3 games, they have scored 291 points (97 ppg), including 41 of 69 from behind the arc (59%), or 123 of the 291 points (42%). They did this against the #97 FG% defense (UVa), #165 (Auburn), and #71 (KState). Keep in mind, that these rankings include X’s games against these teams, so they were even better against other teams.
Teams on the top 3ptrs made per game list for this season include (3pt Ranking):
(6) Houston (11-2 overall)
(9) Butler (13-1, ranked)
(10)(tie) Virginia & Tennessee (TN is ranked, UVA has 10 wins)
(15) Vanderbilt (unbeaten, ranked)
(17) Duke (ranked, 1 loss)
Duke is averaging 9.3 makes per game. Davidson is averaging 10.4. Xavier is 49th, at 8.3 per game.
The 3ball is often called an equalizer, which is another way of calling it the refuge of the sisters of the poor. Does that list look like the sisters of the poor?
What I am seeing, aside from the Tarholes and maybe UCLA, is that the better teams, and a more likely attainable formula, is to put 4 athletic shooters on the court plus a big man to clean up misses, and if you can get a playmaking pg like lavender who can also shoot, more power to you.
I’d go so far as to say that we don’t have enough guys who can shoot the shot, or that will, and that our best team in recent memory (2001) had 4 excellent oustdie shooters on it (Hot Rod, Demon, Jobey & Diego).
Lots of other things make up a winning team, but I think the data suggests you need to be able to make about 8 or 9 three’s per game to be successful. That sounds about right. Think I might compare that stat with our wins and losses, since offense is where we struggle.