Auburn guard chasing NCAA mark for consecutive 3s

Auburn guard chasing NCAA mark for consecutive 3s

Jordan Price isn't worried about jinxing himself during his can't-miss stretch of 3-pointers.

The Auburn freshman will happily talk about those 11 straight makes over the past three games that are approaching an NCAA record. He didn't let superstition deter him from a mid-streak wardrobe change before Tuesday night's Tennessee Tech game.

``A couple of teammates, they're just playing around with me before the game asking me why would I wear a different pair of shoes from the first two games,'' Price said. ``I'm not really superstitious like that. I just try to get out there and ball.

``A couple of them have been messing with me about it, but nothing big. They just want me to just be the best I can be and keep shooting.''

If he keeps making them Saturday night when Winthrop visits, Price has a chance at the NCAA record of 15 consecutive made 3-pointers set by Northwestern's Todd Leslie in 1990.

The 6-foot-5 guard has already matched the Southeastern Conference mark held by Vanderbilt's Kevin Anglin for 20 years. The Tigers (5-5) are 3-0 during his streak.

Price, who mostly comes off the bench, hit all four 3-point attempts against both Furman and Grambling State and made three in a 61-second span during the first half of the Tennessee Tech game.

Auburn coach Tony Barbee said Price's success at perimeter shooting isn't a surprise to him.

``He has been shooting the ball unbelievable,'' Barbee said. ``As a scorer whenever you get on a roll like that, you get in that zone, and he is in one of those zones right now. He has been working hard in practice, and it has been paying off in the games.''

Price did make one big mistake in the last game. He followed his final 3 by drawing a technical foul for taunting, and Barbee promptly benched him.

``That was just a freshman mistake,'' Price said. ``I kind of got a little too excited and I started talking a little bit. I know not to do that. That's not me.''

He has made 19 of 34 3-pointers this season, a 56 percent clip that would lead the SEC if he had made enough to be eligible. Price came into this streak averaging just 5.3 points a game but has scored 40 points combined in the past three while averaging about 17 minutes.

He has done almost all his work behind the 3-point line, attempting only four shots from closer to the basket during the current streak.

Price said his previous longest stretch of made 3s during games was five or six, and he has hit about a dozen in a row during practice.

``I really don't believe that I am a 3-point shooter,'' said Price, who hit 45 percent of his 3-point attempts as a senior at Southwest DeKalb High School in Georgia. ``I can shoot. It's just a blessing that I haven't missed. I've been settling for the 3 because I'm open. I can hit the mid-range shot and get to the basket. If they just tell me to keep shooting, that's what I'm going to do.''

Price's 11-for-11 stretch began after one of his worst games. He missed all three 3-point attempts and scored two points in a loss to DePaul. Price said he started meeting with the coaches before and after each practice. The extra work is paying off so far.

He insists he won't let it affect him on the court when the streak ends.

``I'm not worried about that,'' Price said. ``I'm just going to keep shooting and try to find my teammates.''

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3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

3 reasons the Caps beat the Stars

The Washington Capitals had not beaten the Dallas Stars at home since 2006, Alex Ovechkin's second season in the NHL. That streak ended on Tuesday in a 4-3 Caps win.

Here's how the Caps were finally able to down Dallas in Washington.

Oshie still hot

After going 19 straight games without a goal, T.J. Oshie has been red-hot of late with four goals in his last four games. He scored Washington’s first goal in what would become a three-goal period for the Caps as they battled back from a 1-0 deficit into a 3-3 tie through 40 minutes. Oshie also added an assist as he won a power play faceoff that John Carlson fed to Alex Ovechkin for the goal.


Ovechkin victimizing his favorite target

You knew Ovechkin would score given he was playing against one of his favorite targets. With his second period goal, Ovechkin now has 22 goals against Kari Lehtonen in his career, tied with Henrik Lundqvist for the most goals he has scored on any netminder. Lehtonen has not been in the Eastern Conference since the 2008-09 season. When he goes to sleep at night, Ovechkin is who he sees in his nightmares.

The Carlson-Klingberg duel

Carlson and John Klingberg entered Tuesday’s game each with 59 points, tied for the league lead in points among defensemen. Carlson downplayed the matchup both before and after the game, but it was clear that both players were playing at another level all game long. While both players tallied two points on the night, you have to give the win to Carlson as he had the most significant point, a game-winning goal in the third period.


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Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report


Redskins make contract offer to pass rusher Pernell McPhee, per report

Free agent pass rusher Pernell McPhee visited the Redskins on Monday, and by Tuesday night a report emerged that Washington offered the veteran outside linebacker a contract.

Last week, Trent Murphy signed with the Buffalo Bills and things remain uncertain between the Redskins and Junior Galette. That means the organization has a need for an edge rushing linebacker, and that's exactly the role McPhee can play. 

A 29-year-old that played the last three seasons with the Bears, McPhee posted 14 sacks while in Chicago. Prior to his time with the Bears, McPhee was a solid contributor on some good Ravens teams. 


His best season in Baltimore came in 2014 when he posted 7.5 sacks. That's also the last season McPhee played a full 16 game schedule. He's missed 12 games over the last three years in Chicago. 

McPhee could provide the Redskins with solid veteran depth at outside linebacker, and he's also considered a plus defender against the run. With Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith cemented as the starting outside linebackers, if signed, McPhee would pair up with Ryan Anderson on Washington's second unit. At 6-foot-2 and 275 lbs., McPhee carries more weight on his frame than either Kerrigan or Smith. 

Pro Football Focus gave McPhee a strong grade for the 2017 season. He notched a +11.5 and ranked 13th out of 46 outside linebackers graded. For comparison, Broncos star Von Miller ranked 1st at +57, Kerrigan ranked 8th at +22.9 and Galette ranked 10th at +16.2.

It's unclear what a move for McPhee would mean between the Redskins and Galette, but it's hard to imagine it helps.

Free agent Johnathan Hankins also visited Washington on Monday, and while he plays an interior defensive line position different from McPhee, it's also unclear what this offer would do to any negotiations between the Redskins and Hankins. 

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