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Why hasn’t free-throw shooting improved through the years?

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From the Kansas City Star, “We start this science story with a history lesson.  In 1978, NFL kickers made 63.1 percent of their field-goal attempts and Jim Hines held the 100-meter dash record with a time of 9.95 seconds.  By 2008, NFL kickers made 84.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and Usain Bolt set the 100-meter dash record in a time of 9.69 seconds. Bolt lowered that mark to 9.58 last year.  That’s to be expected, right? You’d expect sporting performances to improve continually through the years.”  Free throw percentage is the exception.

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On This Day In UK Basketball History

On March 2, 1970, Dan Issel scored 42 points against Auburn.


On March 2, 1991, before a crowd of 24,310, the then-largest crowd in Rupp arena history, the Wildcats closed out the 1990-91 season with a 22-6 overall record. Although UK was ineligible for the SEC title because of probation, the Wildcats secured the best record in the league (14-4) with a 114-93 win over Auburn to end its two-year probation. A ceremony and parade followed.


On March 2, 1996, with a 101-63 victory over Vanderbilt in Rupp Arena on Senior Day, UK became the first team in 40 years to finish with a perfect record in the SEC, a 16-0 sweep. It was the Wildcats’ 25th win in a row, tying the school record for consecutive wins in a season. Two games later, they set the new record at 27 games.


On March 2, 2012, Darius Miller, in his final performance at Rupp Arena, led Kentucky in scoring with 17 points on Senior Night in a 30-point win over Georgia.


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