Big Ten Geeks on IU’s 3-point shooting

  • 12/07/2012 2:46 pm in

Big Ten Geeks on IU’s 3-point shooting:

The Hoosiers are, predictably, shooting worse than last season, but not by much. Indiana is hitting 40 percent from deep, maintaining the three-point shot as a very valuable weapon. Note that the team average would be 36.5 percent were it not for Remy Abell’s 10 for 12 performance. I thought Matt Roth had graduated, but maybe he’s just wearing a Remy Abell costume. In all seriousness, Abell’s return to earth should coincide with improvement from others who have shot worse than their ability (Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey), so we shouldn’t expect a huge drop in team accuracy.

It’s still a bit surprising to see Indiana taking so many more threes than last season … Indiana has gone from reluctant to willing when it comes to hoisting three-point shots, and it seems unlikely now that the Hoosiers will fully revert to last season’s tendencies. This team is open to taking threes, which is very smart when you’re making 40 percent of them.

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  • They didn’t shoot enough threes last year; less than their opponents, I believe. That’s not advisable with a team of such good shooters. The more the merrier on triples, I say.

  • The law of diminishing returns applies. Shooting 40% at their current rate does not mean that they will shoot 40% if they shoot more often! It’s having the weapon available that means the most. Sometimes it’ll be Zeller inside, and sometimes it’ll be Hulls outside. Who ya gonna game plan for?

  • I’m old school take it to the rim where he hgh percentage is oladipo 62.3% from the feild so far hard to argue with that…

  • marcusgresham

    Don’t forget, Derek Elston hasn’t taken any threes yet this season. (16/29 last season.)

  • Your right cause they may end up at 50% by years end.

  • Dagwoods

    Their over willingness to take the three this year is probably why they are down from last year, percentage-wise.

  • SCHoosier

    I think the number of 3’s coincides with the very easy schedule thus far. A team gets a big lead..everybody thinks they have the green light to put it up. Crean has said Cody needs to touch the ball every possession..and that will have to happen in the conference. Doesn’t mean Yogi and Zeller won’t be kicking it out for 3’s..and if they kick it to the right person (Jordy-Wat or Remy) all will be well.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    it’s interesting to note that shooting 40% on 3’s is the equivalent of shooting 60% on 2’s… I’m not suggesting we should shoot more 3’s as we are already above the national average, but those numbers certainly don’t indicate that we should shoot any less.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    as long as we have those good shooters outside threatening though. Really spreads the floor.

  • Kenneth234

    As long as the 3 point shot is taken by the right players, and is open, preferably off of a pass that is leading into the shooting motion; I say keep shooting them.

  • HostileHoosier

    With the guards and forwards shooting 3’s it will open up the floor alot for others to be cutting and slashing to the basket and I for 1 hope it stays this way when our other 2 bigs get back to play.
    Having so much threat from 3 point range opens up so much in the middle.
    I also think that Vic and Hollowell will hit more as the season goes along.

  • yimyames

    Everyone has been focusing on the pre season POY! The three has been there all year. With a little skill and quality looks, well…..pick your poison.

    Let it rain or let Cody get POY.

  • Kenneth234

    I would suspect that not only has the rate of 3 pt shots gone up this year, but the total volume of shots has risen dramatically as well due to the pace that this team is playing at more than anything else.

  • marcusgresham

    Excellent point; also consider the high rate of offensive rebounds and it’s OK to miss a few more shots.


    Just to piggy back on Marcus’ comment, very good point. I’m wondering (and too lazy to do the research) if the percentage of our total number of shots taken that are 3’s this year is more than last year. As far as RA coming back down to earth and our team % on 3’s coming down I think that will be offset in the long run by others shooting a higher % than they are now, so it all evens out if you ask me. Don’t think we have to trade taking a lesser number of shots from behind the arc to get CZ more touches we just need to make it more of a priority in our sets.

  • MisterSlippery

    What about Big Handsome hangin some 3 balls?