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Barry Jacobs On Duke And The Three Point Shot

Whether or not you root for Duke you have to admit it's mesmerizing to watch the Blue Devils rain down threes with almost insolent ease. You know it can't last - there's a law of averages, isn't there? - but sometimes, as in consecutive games earlier this month against Florida State and N.C. State, the barrage certainly seems unending.

Especially, one imagines, if you're on the other team.

In those two games at Tallahassee and Durham, Duke combined to make 21 of 42 from 3-point range. Those were followed by a more pedestrian 6-17 effort in a 62-61 victory at Boston College on Feb. 10.

This predilection for long-distance dialing isn't new to the current Duke squad.

From 1987 and the advent of the modern three, through 1994, no group of Blue Devils attempted more than an average of 14.5 long-range shots per game. None made more than 5.8 per outing.

Starting in 1995, a season bifurcated by Mike Krzyzewski's loss to injury and exhaustion, Duke significantly increased its reliance on the 3-pointer. Since 1996 the Devils upped their output to a shade under 21 threes per contest. This year's group averages 18.8, and is among the most accurate from beyond the arc of the 27 Krzyzewski teams since the shot was instituted.

BONUS BABIES
Most Effective 3-Point Shooting Teams
At Duke Under Mike Krzyzewski
(Shorter Experimental Distance in 1983 Not Included)
3 Pct. Year 3M-3Att Games 3Att/G
.434* 1992 171-394 36 10.9
.409 2013 177-433 23 18.8
.402 1987 148-368 33 11.2
.3974 1993 184-463 32 14.7
.3965* 1999 293-739 39 18.9
.3894* 1997 278-714 33 21.6
.3890 1990 156-401 38 10.6
* Led ACC.

Tellingly, three of Coach K's four NCAA titles came in seasons when the Blue Devils led the ACC in 3-point accuracy. They lead again so far this year.

BONUSPHERE BINGO
Duke Use Of The 3-Pointer Since Advent Of The Shot
(2013 Through Games of 2-10-13, 1983 Experimental 3-Pointer Not Included)
Year 3M-3Att 3% Gs W-L 3A-FGA 3A as %
Total FGA
3Att
Per G
% Pts
Via 3
2013 177-433 .409 23 21-2 433-1335 32.4 18.8 29.0
2012 274-739 .371 34 27-7` 739-1915 38.6 21.7 31.3
2011 291-778 .374 37 32-5 778-2206 35.3 21.0 29.2
2010* 301-782 .385 40 35-5 782-2374 32.9 19.6 29.3
2009 267-766 .349 37 30-7 766-2186 35.0 20.7 27.9
2008 308-816 .377 36 28-8 816-2084 39.2 22.7 32.7
2007 198-520 .381 33 22-11 520-1754 29.6 15.8 25.6
2006* 274-709 .386 36 32-4 709-2011 35.3 19.7 28.1
2005 290-763 .380 33 27-6 763-1915 39.8 23.1 33.7
2004 263-722 .364 37 31-6 722-2161 33.4 19.5 26.7
2003 244-672 .363 33 26-7 672-1981 33.9 20.4 27.3
2002 301-830 .363 35 31-4 830-2209 37.6 23.7 29.0
2001* 407-1057 .385 39 35-4 1057-2530 41.8 27.1 34.5
2000* 284-742 .383 34 29-5 742-2172 34.2 21.8 28.5
1999* 293-739 .396 39 37-2 739-2422 30.5 18.9 24.5
1998 273-739 .369 36 32-4 739-2278 32.4 20.5 26.6
1997* 278-714 .389 33 24-9 714-1938 36.8 21.6 31.7
1996 231-615 .376 31 18-13 615-1866 33.0 19.8 29.7
1995 225-590 .381 31 13-18 590-1864 31.7 19.0 28.0
1994 174-471 .365 34 28-6 471-1953 24.1 13.9 19.8
1993 184-463 .397 32 24-8 463-1950 23.7 14.7 20.0
1992* 171-394 .434 36 34-2 394-2069 19.0 10.9 16.2
1991 176-459 .383 39 32-7 459-2401 19.1 11.8 15.4
1990 156-401 .389 38 29-9 401-2394 16.8 10.6 13.8
1989 145-397 .365 36 28-8 397-2166 18.3 11.0 14.0
1988 168-451 .373 35 28-7 451-2179 20.7 12.9 17.2
1987 148-368 .402 33 24-9 368-1943 18.9 11.2 17.4
* Led ACC.