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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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Reports: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash outside Los Angeles

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Reports: Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash outside Los Angeles

Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning outside Los Angeles, per multiple reports. He was 41 years old. 

TMZ first reported that Bryant was one of five people killed when a helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, CA. Multiple news outlets confirmed Bryant was on board the helicopter, including Yahoo and NBC Sports

Bryant played in the NBA for 20 years for the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA titles, one MVP award and two Finals MVP's.

He retired following the 2015-16 season, meaning this is the first year Bryant is eligible to be elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2020 Hall of Fame class is set to be announced at NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago next month. 

On Saturday, Lakers superstar LeBron James surpassed Bryant for third place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

As the news surfaced, players across the NBA and sports world expressed their sadness for the NBA legend. Wizards guard John Wall tweeted a broken heart.

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Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

Sean Taylor is scaring Pro Bowl punters like Tress Way to this day

The Pro Bowl may not count for anything other than an accolade on a player's resume, but it has delivered some memorable moments over the years. 

Maybe the best Pro Bowl play ever was when Sean Taylor leveled former Bills punter Brian Moorman when the AFC tried to run a fake in the 2006 Pro Bowl. 

Tress Way is representing the Redskins in the 2020 Pro Bowl and still has that play in the back of his mind. 

When asked whether he'd try to pull off a fake punt of his own on Sunday, Way said yes but under specific conditions. 

Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jamal Adams are the starting safeties for the AFC, so while both are great players and Adams is a hard-hitter in his own right, none of them are Taylor. 

So if you see the NFC pull off a fake punt and Tress Way quickly gets rid of the ball, you'll know why. 

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