Rest assured, this is not the sort of history they would like to make at Clemson.
So far, the Tigers stand alone in the 53 years of ACC competition, making a strong if unintentional bid to finish as the conferenceâs worst foul-shooting team ever.
Coach Oliver Purnellâs over-achieving squad stands 14-6 after losing to N.C. State in double-overtime on Jan. 29. Playing at home and shooting at familiar rims, the Tigers made only 21 of 37 free throws. Guard Cliff Hammonds hit but one of two foul shots with a two-point lead and 9.9 seconds left in regulation, leaving the door open for a game-tying 3-pointer by the Wolfpackâs Cameron Bennerman.
In earlier defeats, Clemson lost by three at Georgia while making 11-of-19 free throws, and by five against Elon while converting 15-of-25 chances at the line.
This season ACC teams are making about 69 percent of their free throws, even with Clemson factored in. Assuming a few blown one-and-one opportunities, had the Tigers hit with average ACC efficiency against Georgia, Elon, and N.C. State they would already have surpassed last yearâs victory total and earned prominently mention as one of the nationâs surprise teams and a contender for an NCAA bid.
Worst Team Free Throw Accuracy In ACC History
Worst, By School As ACC Member:
Note: Miami (.673 in 2005) and Virginia Tech (.642) are not included, as they have engaged in a single full season of ACC competition.