View Full Version : Aaaaarrrgghh ! 57% FT shooting

Zag 77
01-17-2009, 10:10 PM
12 for 21. 1 out of the first 4. 2 of the first 6. This is getting seriously ridiculous. It cost us in December, and mark my words, it is going to cost us dearly at some point if the Zags don't get this fixed pronto. I can see us getting bounced out of the NCAA's because of this kind of performance.

Read the stat sheet and weep:

Daye: 2-4
Heytvelt: 0-4
Pargo 1-2
Goodson 1-2

The bright spots were Brown at 3-4, Bouldin 1-1 and Downs 4-4. Ira in particular has been doing OK after throwing up a few bricks early in the season. One would infer that some guys are working on it, and some are not.

By the way, the Bulldog women were 90% tonight. Maybe borrow Kelly Graves for a couple days to help on this.

01-18-2009, 04:51 AM
Blame it on Josh,if he makes his they are 76%. If he makes 3 of 4 they are 71%. Last night's statistical sampling is pretty small, but I agree with you in principal. Josh's attempts in particular looked terrible. They were low arc bricks.

01-18-2009, 05:23 AM
In their game with Oregon yesterday, the Cougars made 28 of 28 ftw's! Surely, our Zags can improve that part of their game just as they are improving in all other phases.

01-18-2009, 10:31 AM
Memphis' achilles heel last year.

01-18-2009, 11:27 AM
Memphis' achilles heel last year.

63% in the Final...Memphis did make the Championship game. I'm sure we would all like the Zags in the final.
No doubt our FT shooting should and can improve, but -- make them when they count - period.

01-18-2009, 01:04 PM
As bad as GU's free throw shooting woes are this year, they aren't as bad as Memphis' were last year. What's strange about GU is that they have these games where they shoot terrificly from the line, and then they have games like last night. There's no consistentcy. Some of the worst free throw shooting performances are happening at home. Maybe the crowd at K2 should start making some noise during foul shots instead of going into a morgue-like silence?

The real disturbing problem is what has happened to Daye and Gray. If those guys were at 88% and 83%, Gonzaga would at least have two guys in the lineup who have hit big foul shots in the past who they could give the ball to during end of game situations. Gonzaga could easily set things up to make sure one of those guys got the ball on an inbounds play. But if they are struggling from the line too, GU really has no one they can rely on.

The only positive development in this area is Pargo. He is now near 70% after being stuck in the low 60's for most of this season. Again, it's not ideal for a PG, but it could be worse.

Zag 77
01-18-2009, 09:47 PM
It should not come down to this, but it may take a conference loss which is clearly due to missing free throws to get them to take the issue seriously. A loss to a bottom feeder, perhaps. One would think that the December experience should have done it, but it sure seems not.

It is pretty much a situation where in crunch time, opponents know that fouling Heytvelt, Pargo or Daye is playing the percentages. They probably avoid fouling Downs, Gray or Bouldin (maybe).