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Big 12 hoops: New line, similar results

BY BLAIR KERKHOFF / The Kansas City Star Published: December 21, 2008
Then they devoured hours of tape of the Red Raiders and opponents and discovered something.

"Kids already were that far back when they were shooting,” Knight said. "So we had a good idea it wasn’t going to be that big a factor.”

Barnes could only think of one instance this season when his best shooter, A.J. Abrams, has had his foot on the stripe, losing a point on the shot. Tech leads the Big 12 in three-point shooting at 41.8 percent, bolstered by a 13 for 25 performance in a 167-115 victory over East Central (Okla.).

Oklahoma State, with added emphasis on offense under new coach Travis Ford, is shooting 40.8 percent, compared to 33.9 percent last season.

Nebraska has improved its shooting from 34.2 percent last season to 38.2 percent this year.

Two teams that have fallen off in their deep shooting are Kansas and Oklahoma. The Jayhawks, coming off a five-for-23 three-point performance in a loss to Massachusetts, rank 10th in the Big 12 at 34.8 percent. Kansas led the Big 12 at 39.7 percent last season.

BY BLAIR KERKHOFF

The Kansas City Star


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