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ACC players who struggle from the line

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Virginia vs North Carolina-Wilmington
At less than 40% from the line, Jack Salt is a real problem at the line. He’s not the only ACC player to struggle from the line though.
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There are players in whose hands coaches want the ball at game’s end, hoping to entice or even force an opponent to foul and send them to the line.

The list that follows does not include that kind of player.

Those catalogued below are apt either to be relegated to the bench to avoid getting fouled come crunch time, or compelled to get rid of the ball quickly when it comes their way.

You can understand why they would treat the ball like it was radioactive when there’s a risk they’ll be fouled: None of them made even half their free throws last season.

Then again, except for 7-footers Anas Mahmoud of Louisville and Wake’s Doral Moore, none even tried as many as 50 free throws last year. But they did play at least 300 minutes, qualifying them as regulars in our book. Both are gone this year.

Half of the top – or bottom – 10 return this season, perhaps most notably Virginia big man Jack Salt. He got to play 673 minutes, 19.8 per outing, and started every game.

Worst Free Throw Shooters in ACC In
2018, Minimum 300 Minutes Played
(Asterisk Indicates Returning Player)
FT% Player, School FT-FTA
.316 Ike Obiagu, FS 12-38
.350 Austin Torres, ND 7-20
.382 Jack Salt, V* 13-34
.433 Kene Chukwuka, UP* 13-30
.458 Doral Moore, WF 38-83
.466 Anas Mahmoud, UL 27-58
.471 Ebuka Izundu, Mi* 16-34
.475 Bourama Sidibe, SU* 19-40
.476 Johncarlos Reyes, BC* 10-21
.488 Devin Wilson, VT 20-41

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