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Duke’s Deep Shots Dip

Three point shooting at Duke is not what it usually is.

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NCAA Basketball: Duke at Florida
 Nov 26, 2017; Portland, OR, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) shoots a three-point shot against the Florida Gators in the second half at Moda Center.
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Given the makeup of its roster, and coach Mike Krzyzewski’s honest appraisal of his team’s strengths and not-such strengths prior to the season, it’s no surprise Duke isn’t exactly burning up the nets with a 3-point barrage.

Krzyzewski has been one of the most prolific employers of the 3-pointer.

This year, though, through a dozen games, the portion of Duke’s shots taken from the bonusphere is 31.7 percent, matching the output in 1995, when Krzyzewski was sidelined by exhaustion and back troubles and the Blue Devils sank to the bottom of the ACC standings.

Since then, only in 1999 and 2007 did they rely less heavily on threes. The ’99 team was one of the ACC’s best ever; the ’07 team was one of Krzyzewski’s worst since he arrived at Durham in 1981-82.

The current team derives a pedestrian 24.1 percent of its points on threes, worst than any K squad since 1994. Just 21.8 percent of the Devils’ made field goals come from beyond the 3-point arc, at the bottom of the ACC along with NC State.

Duke is 11th among ACC teams in 3-point accuracy, its .350 conversion rate, second-worst of Krzyrzewski’s tenure after the .349 of 2009.

BONUSPHERE BINGO
Duke Use Of The 3-Pointer Since Advent Of The Shot
(Through Games of Dec. 17, 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
2018 90-257 .350 12 11-1 257-811 31.7 21.4 24.1
2017 311-821 .379 37 28-9 821-2145 38.3 22.2 31.2
2016 328-851 .385 36 14-5 851-2135 39.8 23.6 33.7
2015 283-732 .387 39 35-4 732-2191 33.4 18.8 27.5
2014 316-801 .395 35 26-9 801-2020 39.7 22.9 34.5
2013* 270-676 .399 36 30-6 676-2033 33.3 18.8 29.2
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
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