Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Wisconsin's free throw aversion
By Joe Kaiser
Finding a way to get to the free throw line to take the high percentage, uncontested shot can be key throughout a game, and that's one area where Wisconsin simply isn't getting it done this season.
The Badgers didn't shoot a single free throw in their loss to Ohio State last night, marking the first time that's happened in school history according to Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN Stats & Info.
But a closer look at the stats shows that the Badgers' 0-fer from the line probably shouldn't be all that surprising, and that if there was ever a season for that to happen it'd be this one. Per KenPom.com, only 14.6 percent of the Badgers points have come via the charity stripe this season, which puts them No. 345 in the nation. Only two schools, Grambling and Mt. Saint Mary's, rely on the free throw less than the Badgers.