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Kentucky’s free throw woes are historically bad

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It’s no secret Isaiah Briscoe struggles at the foul line, but just how bad is it?

It’s really bad.

In fact, it’s the worst ever.

After I (somewhat) joked yesterday that Briscoe could be the worst in history, Jon Scott over at BigBlueHistory.net went to his underground bunker of UK basketball statistics to look it up. Turns out, right now, Isaiah Briscoe is the worst free throw-shooting guard ever. Briscoe’s current 41.2 percentage is the lowest in school history among guards.

Granted, he has only played eight games in his career, but at this moment, he is in dead last in foul shooting out of all of the guards who have worn Kentucky blue. The next worst is Derrick Jasper at 47.6 percent, followed by Dominique Hawkins, also on the current roster, at 50 percent.

But it doesn’t stop there.

Would you like to know the overall worst foul shooter of all-time?

Marcus Lee is the worst foul shooter of all-time at 37.2 percent, trailing Jason Parker and Andre Riddick.

Wow.

Kudos to Jon for looking this up, but I think we were all better off without knowing these facts.

@BigBlueHistory

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Kentucky’s free throw woes are historically bad



  1. HeshimuMeansWarrior
    12:52 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    Comforting to know that 3 of the worst foul shooters in the program’s history are on the current roster. It blows my mind. Foul shooting requires absolutely no skill.



  2. Mathlete
    12:53 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    Somebody needs to call Kyle Macy and offer him a job as a special consultant.



  3. Rise
    12:59 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    This could be the worse jump shooting team I have ever seen. I feel like you need at least one or two knock down shooters to be a final four team.



  4. buzzard
    1:07 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    That is pitiful!. It blows my mind that a grown man who plays ball most every day of his life can’t shoot at least 60% …..HOW HARD COULD IT BE! That’s embarrassing.



  5. mrsaturdaypants
    1:21 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    1. It’s two current players we’re talking about, not three.

    2. In spite of Briscoe and Lee, the teams is only slightly below national average in FT% overall (68% vs. 69%).

    3. If free throw shooting were really so easy, you’d expect the typical NBA player to make 90+%. But they don’t. Conclusion: This isn’t as easy as you might imagine.

    4. This team is currently making just under 56% of this 2 point attempts. That is the best percentage since Calipari got here, and almost 5 points better than last year’s team. Yes, there are a lot of dunks in there, but that’s true of all of Calipari’s teams. This team is actually really good from 5-15 feet. And we’re doing to see a lot more of those mid-range shots in the games to come.

    5. Sorry if this comes across as pissy. I don’t really mean it to. But y’all are overreacting.



    • Megan
      1:36 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

      Isaiah Briscoe, Marcus Lee, and Dominique Hawkins. That’s makes three, doesn’t it?



    • @BallBlog_Chad
      1:55 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

      Hawkins is 8/11 of this year, I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine

      Generally speaking, Cal recruits guys that are really athletic and not great shooters … the NBA drafts on potential and hopes they learn to shoot once it’s their job

      Briscoe should be able to do better



    • Sentient Third Eye
      2:38 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

      To your point, free throw shooting is pretty easy, but free throw shooting in front of twenty thousand people after running as as hard as you can for fifteen minutes is not. It’s a little tricky for some kids to learn to quickly calm their minds and bodies down to shoot the free throws.



    • mrsaturdaypants
      6:08 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

      You are right, Megan. I reread the post twice but still missed Hawkins.

      Much as I like Hawk, there’s not big reason to worry about his FT shooting. He just doesn’t play enough. Briscoe, as a guard who relies on the drive and will get fouled a lot, is more serious worry.

      But the team as a whole is still shooting more than well enough from the line. Teams have won championships with the same performance. If the sky is falling (and I don’t think it is), this isn’t why.



  6. Megan
    1:57 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    Marcus is shooting 38.9 percent this year. Proof that with hard work and dedication, you can improve!



  7. Sentient Third Eye
    2:36 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    The best technique I’ve ever seen to improve free throw shooting is to require anyone below, say, 60% to shoot them “granny style” until he improves to at least above the cutoff. Kids will kill themselves with extra practice, anything avoid shooting granny shots before a live audience.



    • ukksrreader
      2:41 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

      In one of John Wooden’s books, he states that the most fundamental way of shooting a free throw is to shoot them granny style. This method would really help those who have large hands, which was the problem with Shaq and many other players. Rick Barry shot 90% shooting granny shots. He said the following in an interview: ““I told my dad, when he first tried to teach me (to shoot underhanded), that I’d get made fun of because only girls shoot that way. Well, girls don’t shoot like that anymore. What’s the big deal if you do something that’s a little out of the ordinary if it’s successful for you?”



  8. Leuther
    10:15 pm December 11, 2015 Permalink

    The only way this gets any better is with hundreds of correct repetitions daily…

    In the case of Briscoe, the problem is in his head. He clearly has the physical ability…