Foul Shooting: A Prevalent Difficulty in College Basketball

Posted by Ari Kramer on November-19-2009 Add Comments

It's called the charity stripe for a reason.

Obviously, the points are not handed out—as charity might imply—at the foul line, but the concept is that hitting an unobstructed shot from 15 feet away should be a "gimme" for anyone. However, every college basketball fan knows foul shooting is simply not as easy as it should be for way too many players.

Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku has a better chance of not hitting water when he falls out of a boat than of draining a foul shot. Onuaku, who connected on 29.8 percent of his free throws in 2008-09, is the archetype of a terrible foul shooter, but teammate Rick Jackson (48.1), Delvon Roe (45.5), and Dallas Lauderdale (45.8) are not many steps behind.

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