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A Foul Accomplishment

A stat no one really much wants to achieve

Georgia State v Duke
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 15: Kane Williams #12 of the Georgia State Panthers and Jordan Goldwire #14 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Maybe you play really sticky defense. Maybe you know your role is to get rebounds, to add a physical element inside. Maybe you get anxious, and your body can’t execute what your mind envisions and your coach demands.

Or maybe you’re a bit of a klutz.

Probably nobody playing at an ACC school is a klutz, so it’s got to be something else.

Whatever the cause, each year a handful of players manage the rare and undesirable feat of committing more fouls than they score points. This season there are only three returning performers who fell into that category. Two, to be precise, with the third a 30-30 man with equal fouls and points.

The two holdovers with the undesirable balance were 6-10 underclassmen, BC’s Luka Kraljevic and Syracuse’s Bourama Sidibe.

The breakeven performer was Duke guard Jordan Goldwire, who missed his first 16 threes but won freshened respect after his defense led Duke to a 23-point, second-half rally to victory at Louisville that left the Cardinals stunned for weeks afterward.

More Personal Fouls Than Points, 2019
Returning ACC Players, Minimum 10 Games Played
(Including Jordan Goldwire Because He Came So Close)
Player, School PF Pts Mins Class '20
Bourama Sidibe, SU 68 55 293 Sophomore
Luka Kraljevic, BC 32 28 131 Junior
Jordan Goldwire, D 30 30 301 Junior