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Dance Lessons: Live by the 3 ...

... die by the 3? Another tourney truism is put to the test

Originally Published: March 15, 2010
By Matt Meyers | ESPN The Magazine
Kyle SinglerAndrew Synowiez/US PresswireIf Kyle Singler and Duke's other perimeter threats go cold, the Blue Devils will go down.

Back before Rick Pitino won a national title at Kentucky in 1996 with an offensive strategy built on the 3-point shot, there was a long-held belief that a team that relied so heavily on the 3 could not win it all. As you've probably heard an announcer say at some point, "If you live by the 3, you'll die by the 3." And even though Kentucky won it all while relying on triples, recent history tells us that the Wildcats were the exception that proves the rule. And that does not bode well for a few top contenders from the Big Ten, Big East and ACC.