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Unlikely Final Four also applied to Kentucky’s shooting


The Final Four is no longer just for unlikely teams. It’s also for unlikely performances.

Kentucky struggled from beyond the arc Saturday night, but it was hardly the only problematic area. The free-throw line was even worse.

The Wildcats made just 4-of-12 shots (33 percent) from the stripe, which ties for the fourth-worst performance in Final Four history. Entering the game, Kentucky made 71 percent of its free-throw attempts.

It gets worse.

According to ESPN, this was yet another occurrence for this year’s Final Four. From the site:

Given the players that shot the free throws and their percentages entering the game, the numbers show that UK’s performance from the line was extremely improbable, having just a 0.65 percent chance of happening by random chance!

They say there was a 97 percent chance Kentucky would’ve made six of those 12 shots. (Words Big Blue Nation doesn’t want to read.) Terrence Jones – a 66 percent shooter – went o-5. The chances of that? .46 percent.

And here I thought VCU was the only Final Four longshot.

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