After recently retooling our website, one of the biggest points we make is that, since clutch games are decided by only a few points, free throws can win or lose the game, and make the difference between whether or not a team advances. And what better example of that than a the recent Sweet 16 game yesterday between Kentucky and Louisville for this year’s March Madness? Favored Louisville was upset by Kentucky, in large part due to free throw shooting. NJ.com has the details:
Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift the fantastic freshman of Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals.
We’ll be keeping our eyes on the free throw shooting for the rest of this series. It wouldn’t surprise us to find that free throws play a key role in more close games as we come down to the final four.