Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Arizona State's costly free throw woes
By Joe Kaiser
Arizona State could really help its chances at a NCAA tournament berth with a strong finish to the regular season, but in order to do so the Sun Devils will need to shoot better from the charity stripe.
Three of ASU's four losses in Pac-12 play have come by four points or less, and each of those could have been wins had Herb Sendek's club shot better from the free throw line.
For the season, the Sun Devils are shooting 62.1 percent from the stripe per KenPom.com, ranking No. 330 in the nation. In conference play, it's even worse; they are a league-worst 60.5 percent from the line.
This is a problem that isn't easily fixable and probably won't go away, since each of ASU's top five scorers are shooting under 72 percent on their free throw attempts.